Police in Fresno, California, say that a trucking company owner faked her own kidnapping in order to avoid paying a $9,000 debt to two truck drivers.
Police say that they are working on obtaining an arrest warrant for 32 year old Maria Gonzalez on charges of filing a false police report.
Fresno Police say Maria Gonzalez owed a debt for 9 grand and therefore fabricated this story. She didn’t have the money to pay contractors. pic.twitter.com/AJlzOLvSJ5
— Sontaya Rose (@SontayaRose) September 3, 2018
The arrest warrant is related to a report filed by Gonzalez, who told police that around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, she had been carrying thousands of dollars worth of cash in her vehicle with her when she stopped at the intersection of Floradora and 8th.
Gonzalez told police that two masked men got into her car and kidnapped her at gunpoint. She said that she was beaten by the men and that she woke up bound and gagged in her vehicle in Caruthers. Gonzalez told police that she believed she had been sexually assaulted and even broke down in tears at the hospital, according to a report in the Merced Sun-Star. Gonzalez also emphasized that she had been robbed of the large amount of cash that she had been carrying.
However, after two hours of police questioning, Gonzalez admitted that she made the whole story up in order to avoid paying two truck drivers employed as subcontractors for her family’s trucking company M & C Gonzalez Trucking.
“The truth is Maria Gonzalez made up this entire story for the purpose of letting someone know that $9,000 had been stolen from her — $9,000 she was supposed to pay to subcontractors. The reality is she didn’t have the $9,000 to pay the subcontractors, and that’s why she made up the entire story,” said Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Filing a false police report is considered a misdemeanor charge.