- Alabama man Preston Kelley, 23, arrested on Monday on extortion charge
- Deputies say Kelley faked his own kidnapping to demand money from grandma
- Texted grandmother a photo appearing to show him bound and beaten
- Kelley maintained it was a real kidnapping when questioned by investigators
Preston Kelley, 23, was arrested Monday on extortion charges in Alabama
A northern Alabama man is accused of scheming to extort money from his grandmother by faking his own kidnapping.
Preston Kelley, 23, texted his grandmother a disturbing photo on Monday, said Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office investigator Lt. Brad Potts.
The photo appeared to show Kelley, who lives in Florence, Alabama, just miles from the Tennessee border, bound and beaten in a wooded area in Tennessee.
Authorities say Kelley told his grandmother to send $1,000 or else he would be killed.
The frightened woman contacted investigators, who concluded that Kelley wasn't in Tennessee and the whole episode was a hoax, Potts said.
'Through the investigation we determined he was just trying to get money from his grandmother,' Potts told WAAY.
Investigators say Kelley texted his grandmother pictures of himself bound and beaten, demanding a $1,000 ransom in a fake kidnapping scheme
During questioning, Kelley maintained he had actually been kidnapped, Potts said.
Kelley is married and attended Coffee High School in Florence, according to information on Facebook.
After a brief investigation, Kelley was arrested later Monday in Lauderdale County and charged with first-degree extortion.
He is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center on a $1,000 bond.
Kelley, shown left and right, maintained he had actually been kidnapped during questioning
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