A college student in California was arrested for allegedly scamming her parents after sending them a photo of herself bound and gagged, according to the New York Post.
Yimei Wang, 20, was arrested for allegedly conning her parents into sending her $85,000. The student of ArtCenter College of Design in California told her family that she was safe but needed ransom money, police said. The father, who lives in China, sent the money while her mother called the police to report her daughter’s kidnapping. Police found the student in a hotel, safe and unharmed.
“She admitted she took the picture in order to extort the family,” Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema told the newspaper. “It’s unclear why she needed the money.”
Wang was arrested on extortion charges and was released after posting $30,000 bail.