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April 23, 2013
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Gambling loses spur fake kidnapping report

No charges have been filed against a 42-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman who allegedly faked a robbery and kidnapping in an attempt to avoid telling her husband about gambling losses.

About 8 a.m. Tuesday, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a kidnapping at Zephyr Cove Lodge after an employee heard banging coming from the trunk of a silver Mercedes-Benz, according to a Tuesday statement from the sheriff’s office. The employee opened the trunk using keys found in the vehicle’s ignition and found 42-year-old Kim Vo, according to the statement.

Vo initially told investigators she won $1,500 at Lakeside Inn and Casino the night before, but was struck over the head and knocked unconscious as she walked to her car. Deputies say she then said she woke up in the Mercedes with the money missing. She later admitted that she lied to investigators and had lost her paycheck gambling, according to the statement.

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Sierra Sun Updated Apr 23, 2013 07:24PM Published Apr 23, 2013 07:24PM Copyright 2013 Sierra Sun. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.