FRESNO, California — She’ll pay for it now.
The owner of a California trucking company is facing charges for allegedly making up a story about being sexually assaulted and robbed of payroll cash as part of an elaborate effort to avoid paying her employees.
Fresno police say Maria Gonzalez, 33, turned up at a house on Saturday partially bound and gagged and with an injury to her head and told cops she had been abducted at gunpoint by two black men, robbed of money to pay her employees, and possibly sexually assaulted.
But after an extensive two-day investigation by cops, Gonzalez admitted it was all a hoax, according to KFSN-TV.
“The reality is she did not have the $9,000 to pay the subcontractors and that’s why she made up the story,” Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said.
The story unraveled as detectives probed further, turning up inconsistencies in Gonzalez’s story. For example, the robbers took Gonzalez’s money but left other valuables in her purse. There were also only one set of footprints found near her car.
When cops showed her a video of the area where the alleged kidnapping had taken place, Gonzalez admitted that she made it all up to get out of paying her subcontractors.
Police now want to charged Gonzalez with filing a false report.
“It is important that when people file a false police report, especially of this magnitude, that we hold them accountable for doing so,” Dyer said. “Not only did this create an enormous amount of work and pulled our detectives off other cases that they could have been working or should have been working, but it created a lot of fear in our community.”