Man faked abduction to avoid paying Super Bowl bet, New York police say 03/01/2019 7:47 am PST Comments WGN via WGN: NEWFANE, N.Y. -- (WGN) -- State police say a western New York man faked his own abduction and robbery because he was short of cash owed in a Super Bowl pool. Troopers found 60-year-old Robert Brandel of North Tonawanda tied up in his pickup truck Monday in a parking lot in Newfane, 30 miles north of Buffalo. Brandel told troopers two men involved in his Super Bowl squares robbed him of $16,000, drove him around for two days and left him tied up in his pickup. Investigators determined Brandel had entered some fake names in his $50,000 squares pool hoping to take most of the winnings, but instead ended up short for the payouts. FULL STORY: Man faked abduction to avoid paying Super Bowl bet, New York police say - WGN #FalseReport #NewYork #WGN Waiting for your permission to load facebook comments.