Man found tied up in vehicle faces charges

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A man who was found tied up in a vehicle ended up getting arrested, New York State police say.

On Wednesday afternoon, Troopers responded to the Tops parking lot on Lockport-Olcott Rd. in Newfane.

There, they say North Tonawanda resident Robert Brandel, 60, was found in the back seat of a vehicle with his hands and ankles bound with duct tape, and his neck roped to the head rest.

Police then began a robbery-abduction investigation.

According to Brandel, he picked up two men on Monday that he claimed were involved in his Super Bowl squares.

He then said one of the men brandished a pistol and took $16,000 in cash from the Super Bowl squares.

Brandel told police that they then made him drive around western New York for two days before tying him up and leaving him at the Tops parking lot.

This story turned out to be fabricated, police say.

According to Troopers, Brandel had been running a $50,000 payout Super Bowl pool and made up names on it with hopes to win and take most of the winnings.

Troopers say Brandel didn’t have most of the money and therefore, was unable to make the payouts.

He was charged with felony scheme to defraud and third-degree falsely reporting an incident — a misdemeanor.

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