Cash-strapped, this is how an American woman faked a kidnapping in India


New Delhi: A 27-year-old US citizen staying here allegedly staged her own kidnapping in a bid to extort money from her parents after she ran out of money, police said.

The woman, identified as Chloe Mclaughlin, had arrived in Delhi on May 3. She graduated from an American university and her father, who lives in Washington DC, is a former army officer, they said.

Police said on July 7, Mclaughlin called her mother and told her she was in a “dangerous environment” and had been assaulted and beaten by a man she knew.

She did not reveal her current location, however, they said.

His mother contacted the Indian authorities and the United States Embassy referred the case to the New Delhi District Police.

The case had been reported more than two and a half months after the victim arrived in India, police said.

On July 10, Mclaughlin spoke to her mother again via video call on WhatsApp, but just before her mother could get any more information about her, a man came into her room and their call was disconnected.

The US Embassy assumed the woman was either incapacitated or prevented from contacting her family or embassy, ​​New Delhi Deputy Police Commissioner Amrutha Guguloth said.

Police said they used technical intelligence and, in order to determine where she was most recently, sought help from for the IP address McLaughlin used to email American Citizen Services. regarding his work on the immigration documents on July 9.

When the Bureau of Immigration was asked to provide the alleged victim’s immigration form, they gave police the address she had shared with them, which was in Greater Noida, the official said. ‘officer.

As a result, police raided a hotel where she was believed to have stayed. But staff said no one by his name had checked into their hotel.

Meanwhile, investigators discovered Mclaughlin was using someone else’s WiFi when she made the video call to her mother, Guguloth said.

“Our team tracked the IP address and the mobile network associated with that IP address which led us to a Okoroafor Chibuike Okoro, 31, a Nigerian national, in Gurugram. He told police the woman was staying in Greater Noida,” DCP said. said.

Following her intervention, the police tracked down Mclaughlin and arrested her.

Mclaughlin, when questioned, confessed that she staged her kidnapping as she ran out of money a few days after arriving in Delhi, after which she and her boyfriend Okoro hatched a plan to extort money. money to his parents, the DCP said.

The woman’s passport had expired on June 6 and her boyfriend’s passport had also run out, police said.

She had come to India to stay with Okoro who she had befriended on Facebook before coming here.

Both lived together here and were passionate about singing. Maybe that’s why they became friends, the policeman said.

Legal action is being taken against the two for overstaying in India without a valid passport or visa, police said.

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