White River Junction, VT – A 19-year-old girl has been accused of faking her own abduction in an effort to extort money from her grandmother so she could pay off a drug dealer.
Monday night, 73-year-old Patricia Swanson received a call at her home from a man demanding she bring him $600 as her granddaughter, Megan, could be heard crying in the background. If she did not bring him the money, the man told her, he was going to kill her.
When Swanson told the unknown man that she didn’t have that kind of cash, he threatened her as well. Fearing for her life and her granddaughter’s, Swanson complied and agreed to drop the money off wherever he instructed.
When Swanson dropped off the cash at the drop off spot, Megan’s kidnappers were unaware that they had been set up. Patricia had called police beforehand and they were there watching in unmarked cruisers. They say 20-year-old Joshua Rice was the one who arrived at the location and grabbed the cash.
Police pulled a car over as it was leaving the scene and found 21-year-old Kevin Emery and the alleged hostage, Megan. However, her life was not in danger, and it never was. She was part of a plan to get money from her grandmother so she could pay off a drug dealer who threatened her.
Megan and her two accomplices are now facing three years in jail if they are convicted of extortion. Megan’s grandmother says she isn’t mad at her granddaughter and will help her get through whatever she is going through, even though Megan was already due in court Tuesday, accused of stealing property from her grandmother before this incident.Tags: Crime, Drugs, Extortion, hoax, Kidnapping, Megan Swanson, Vermont