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The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has arrested a Venice couple who falsely reported they were kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to make purchases on a stolen debit card, the office has announced. On May 12, 37-year- old William Clifford and 39-year-old Tammy Landry, who live with Landry's mother at 540 Plantation Road, went to the Sheriff's Office's South County location "to report their ordeal," a news release says. Detectives interviewed them separately under oath on May 13 "and noticed a number of inconsistencies in their stories," the release adds. Clifford and Landry eventually admitted to having smoked four or five rocks of crack cocaine and paying their supplier by buy- ing things he needed with the debit card, which "was stolen from Landry's 61-year-old mother," the release continues. So far, investi- gators have found five fraudulent transactions totaling $232, the release notes. Clifford and Landry were arrested and charged with Making a False Report to Law Enforcement and Scheme to Defraud. % KIDNAPPING CLAIM CALLED COVER-UP FOR DRUG BINGE William Clifford/Contributed photo Tammy Landry/Contributed photo Simply put, Crime Stoppers relies upon the cooperation between the police the media and the community to provide a flow of information about crime and criminals. All submitted tips are secure and anonymous. (941) 366-TIPS (8477) • Sarasota News Leader May 23, 2014 Page 96

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