Manitoba

Winnipeg man charged with faking his own kidnapping

Charges have been laid against a Winnipeg man police say pretended to have been kidnapped in an attempt to extort cash from his parents back in China.

Police say accused hoped to extort cash from his parents

A man is charged with extortion after he pretended he was kidnapped in the hope of getting cash from his parents in China, police say. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

Charges have been laid against a Winnipeg man police say pretended to have been kidnapped in an attempt to extort cash from his parents back in China.

Winnipeg police began investigating in February 2018, after the man's parents were sent a video demanding a large amount cash for the man's release.

Two days later investigators from the major crimes unit and tech crimes unit tracked the man down at a home in on Arden Avenue in Winnipeg.

Police now say the man staged the kidnapping with help from another man in an attempt to falsely obtain cash from his parents.

The man accused of faking his kidnapping was arrested in March of last year, police said.

His alleged accomplice fled to China, police said, but he was arrested by border officers when he returned to Winnipeg earlier this month.

A 31-year-old man and a 24-year-old man are each charged with extortion and public mischief.

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