An Arizona teenager has been accused of faking his own kidnapping to get out of having to go to work.
Police say they found Brandon Soules, 19, with his hands tied by his own belt and a bandanna stuffed in his mouth in Coolidge.
Soules reportedly told cops two masked men had knocked him unconscious and kidnapped him before dumping him near a water tower in the city.
Soules has since been fired.
A pictures released by cops show Soules laying on the ground, tied up, after he was found by a passer-by.
Commander Mark Tercero told ABC: 'He informed us that he, at first, stuffed a bandanna in his mouth and afterward he took off his own belt and bound his hands with his own belt.
'And laid on the ground and scooted out to the side of the road where somebody could see him and waited.'
Officers say they became suspicious of his version of events after checking surveillance footage from around his home.
Soules is also said to have falsely told police he was kidnapped because of money his dad had hidden around town.
Soules was found by police on February 10; he was arrested on February 17 for false reporting to police.
In a statement police said: 'Initially, the subject reported to officers that two masked men kidnapped him, hit his head (knocking him unconscious) and drove him around in a vehicle before they left him in the area he was found.
'An extensive investigation was conducted by Coolidge detectives and evidence was discovered showing his story was fabricated and no kidnapping or assault occurred.'
Online court records did not list an attorney for Soules who might comment on his behalf.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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