Tennessee

Alabama man fakes kidnapping to get money from grandmother

Preston Kelley is now charged with extortion

Authorities say a northern Alabama man tried to get money from his grandmother by faking his own kidnapping.
   
Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office investigator Lt. Brad Potts tells news outlets 23-year-old Preston Kelley texted his grandmother a photo Monday that appeared to show him bound and beaten in a wooded area in Tennessee.
   
Authorities say Kelley told his grandmother to send $1,000 or else he would be killed. Potts says the woman contacted investigators, who concluded that Kelley wasn't in Tennessee and the whole episode was a hoax.
   
Kelley was arrested later that day in Lauderdale County and charged with first-degree extortion.
   
During questioning, Potts says Kelley maintained he had actually been kidnapped.
 


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