A California woman fabricated her kidnapping, sexual assault and robbery as part of an elaborate ruse to avoid paying her employees $9,000.
38-year-old Thelma Williams, tied herself up and gagged herself before posting photos and videos of herself to social media site, Facebook.
The images, which were posted, showed Thelma tied to a pole in her basement and gagged with women’s underwear.
She also reported to Police around 2:30 p.m. that she got kidnapped at gunpoint at an intersection in Fresno on Saturday by two African American men wearing masks. She claimed she’d blacked out after being “struck or beaten,” and had later woken up in Caruthers, bound and gagged.
According to police, Thelma also claimed to have been a victim of sexual assault and also alleged that she got robbed of the $9,000 she intended to use to pay the employees of her family trucking business.
But after an extensive investigation and 2.5 hours of police interrogation, she confessed it was all a hoax.
“The reality is she did not have the $9,000 to pay the subcontractors and that’s why she made up the story,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer at a press conference on Monday.
Detectives said Williams indicated she wanted attention from her family, adding she was going through ‘personal issues’ after recently breaking up with her boyfriend.
Williams was charged with filing a false report, a fifth-degree felony and subsequently taken to the Middletown jail.
She is scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Middletown Municipal Court.