Man Faked Own Abduction to Avoid Paying $50,000 Super Bowl Bet

Robert Brandel

Robert Brandel

A USA man has been accused of staging his own "elaborate" kidnapping to avoid paying out lost Super Bowl bets.

Brandel, a resident of the Buffalo suburb of North Tonawanda, was found Monday tied up in his pickup truck in a supermarket parking lot in nearby Newfane.

Robert Brandel told officers two men tied him up and were driving around with him in the back of his truck for days. Instead, he lost and owes the pool $50,000. He said the men were also part of the Super Bowl pool and made Brandel drive around western NY for two days against his will. Brandel claimed that the men then tied him up and left him in the backseat.

Brandel is charged with felony fraud and a misdemeanor charge of falsely reporting an incident.

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A NY man took to extreme measures to avoid paying out a rigged, high-stakes Super Bowl squares pool that didn't work out like he hoped it would, police said. "[He] came up with a couple different ways where he could make money off of it and eventually fell flat", New York State Police Trooper James O'Callaghan told WKBW.

Investigators said a lot of things with Brandel's story seemed off.

They said Brandel was running a $50,000 payout for the Super Bowl squares and had made up some names with hopes of taking most of the winnings. He is next scheduled to appear at Town of Newfane Court in March.

The Super Bowl is a major American football tournament and was this year won by the New England Patriots.

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