Woman admits to fabricating kidnapping, robbery claim in Ballantyne

Woman admits to fabricating kidnapping, robbery claim in Ballantyne

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by NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 3:40 PM

Ballantyne Kidnapping

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A woman who claimed she was briefly kidnapped in Ballantyne Wednesday afternoon has confessed to officers that she made up the whole story after allegedly being caught up in a scam, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

The woman -- whose name has not been released -- initially told police she was kidnapped shortly before 2 p.m. by three suspects -- two black women and one black man -- who then forced her to withdraw funds from the Charlotte Metro Union at 11228 Ardrey Kell Road.

The woman also told police that she was forced to drive to South Carolina where she was released without harm at the welcome center off Interstate 77 near Fort Mill.

But shortly after 7 p.m., a CMPD spokesman said the victim confessed that she was involved in a scam with the three suspects and voluntarily removed cash from her account at the credit union. Police said she apparently concocted the story involving the kidnapping and robbery after she realized that the entire incident involved a scam.

Police said that she will not be charged with filing a false police report.

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