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Police: NY Man Faked Abduction to Avoid Super Bowl Payouts

60-year-old Robert Brandel was charged with fraud and falsely reporting an incident

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    Police: NY Man Faked Abduction to Avoid Super Bowl Payouts

    Robert Brandel, 60, of North Tonawanda was found tied up in his pickup truck in a parking lot in Newfane, 30 miles north of Buffalo (Published Friday, March 1, 2019)

    State police say a western New York man faked his own abduction and robbery because he was short of cash owed in a Super Bowl pool.

    Troopers found 60-year-old Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda tied up in his pickup truck Monday in a parking lot in Newfane, 30 miles north of Buffalo.

    Brandel told troopers two men involved in his Super Bowl squares robbed him of $16,000, drove him around for two days and left him tied up in his pickup.

    Investigators determined Brandel had entered some fake names in his $50,000 squares pool hoping to take most of the winnings, but instead ended up short for the payouts.

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    Brandel was charged with fraud and falsely reporting an incident.

    It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer to comment.