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West Orange Man Admits to Lying About Being Kidnapped by Police

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A West Orange man who told police he was abducted by plain-clothes officers and later dumped on a township street has now been charged for making up the story.

Victor White, 24, has been charged with filing a false police report after he admitted to officials that he fabricated the story to cover up cheating on his girlfriend.

White and his girlfriend reported to police on Aug. 31 that he was walking along Maple Street when two plain-clothes officers in a dark-colored SUV stopped him around 3 a.m. for being drunk in public.

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According to a statement the man gave police, he sustained injuries after he was arrested, beaten and later dumped onto Mississippi Avenue. Police conducted an extensive investigation into White’s claims, including contacting Montclair and Orange law enforcement officials to attempt to match the man’s descriptions of the officers alleged to be involved.

After his claims could not be substantiated, White during questioning admitted he lied so that his girlfriend would not discover he had been with another woman.

According to police, White could face up to 18 months in prison and a fine up to $10,000, if convicted.

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