In New York, Stephanie Benatatos, 21, and Zifiris (John) Valsamis, 24, have been arrested in an effort to fake their own kidnapping to get money from Benatatos parents. What is striking is the ransom amount: $400.
A caller told the parents that the couple had been kidnapped to settle a drug debt by two armed men in a black S.U.V.. The police did not buy it — particularly after Valsamis showed up and said that he had been released. He finally admitted that it was a scheme.
They are now charged with attempted grand larceny and conspiracy. Benatatos was charged with an additional count of second-degree burglary — due to an earlier attempt to steal cash from her mother’s home.
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Kudos: Laura T.