Chicago Man Accused of Faking His Own Abduction Charged in Federal Court in Minnesota

Chicago Man Accused of Faking His Own Abduction Charged in Federal Court in Minnesota Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office

August 30, 2018 04:42 PM

The United States Attorney's Office in Minnesota has charged a Chicago man with one count of making false statements to federal authorities after allegedly claiming he had been abducted from his home earlier this spring.

A release said Alejandro Mario Cortes, 45, was arrested Wednesday and made his initial court appearance Thursday in St. Paul.


The release states law enforcement responded to a report by a snowplow driver in the early morning hours of April 17. The driver reportedly said he had discovered a man near Randolph Avenue in St. Paul whose hands were bound and whose mouth was covered with duct tape.

The man later identified himself as Cortes.

Cortes is alleged to have told responding officers that he had been kidnapped in Chicago several days before by unknown men who put a bag over his head and threatened him with death. He said he was held for several days before he was finally thrown out of a vehicle into a snowbank.

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The release states in later meetings with FBI agents, Cortes said he had received threatening text messages in Spanish and English making reference to his relatives and including photos of his residence.

However, during follow-up interviews, Cortes allegedly admitted to FBI investigators that he often used false identities to avoid detection after a previous DUI arrest and was living illegally in the U.S.

According to the release, further investigation uncovered an associate who indicated Cortes had faked his kidnapping in order to be considered a crime victim and obtain a visa to stay in the U.S. and gain citizenship.

The release alleges Cortes asked the associate to facilitate the kidnapping.


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