Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Grandson of ex-Fiat boss faces charges over kidnapping himself

A grandson of late Fiat magnate Gianni Agnelli is facing charges for falsely reporting he had been kidnapped, according to police.
Lapo Elkann allegedly concocted the story in order to get ransom money after running out of cash during a drug-fuelled binge, unnamed law enforcement sources told the Reuters news agency.
The 39-year-old claimed he was being held against his will in a flat in Manhattan, New York, from 6pm on Friday to 10.30pm on Saturday.
According to the New York Daily News, he rang his family and said a woman would hurt him unless a $10,000 ransom was paid.
A family representative allegedly dropped off the payment to police.
Officers said he had met a 29-year-old escort and the two took drugs before he made the false claim.
Mr Elkann and his brother, Fiat Chrysler chairman John Elkann, are heirs to Italy's biggest industrial dynasty.

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