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North Dartmouth Man Charged With Making False Statements to FBI Concerning Abduction, Reports U.S. Attorney.

BOSTON, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ --

A North Dartmouth man was charged yesterday with falsely claiming to have been abducted and driven across the country against his will.

United States Attorney Donald K. Stern announced that STEPHEN R. KENNEDY, age 39, of 1100 Reed Road in North Dartmouth, appeared yesterday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler for his initial appearance on a complaint charging him with making false statements in connection with a federal matter.

According to documents filed with the Court, KENNEDY allegedly told FBI officials on October 20, 2000, that three people forced their way into his van at a rest area plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike on October 17, 2000, and forced him to drive to Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, where they abandoned his van and forced him to accompany them in their van to California. KENNEDY reportedly claimed to have escaped in Colorado and reported the abduction to the police in Denver. KENNEDY also repeated the claim to the Massachusetts State Police when he returned to Massachusetts on October 20th.

According to the documents, KENNEDY recanted his story during a subsequent meeting with FBI officials on October 23rd, and stated that he had concocted the story of an abduction to conceal the fact from his live-in girlfriend that he had planned to travel to California to meet a woman with whom he had been corresponding over the Internet, but had changed his mind when he got as far as Colorado.

Judge Bowler released KENNEDY on a $20,000 bond and scheduled a probable cause hearing for December 5, 2000. If convicted, KENNEDY faces a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald L. Cabell of Stern's Major Crimes Unit.
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