ABINGDON, Va. – After a Virginia man was reported lacking, then discovered hours in a while the facet of the highway, he informed police he was kidnapped, drugged and held in opposition to his will by members of a motorbike gang. The FBI says he fabricated that story and several other others so he may disappear and begin a brand new life together with his mistress.
Larry Wayne Worth Jr. was arrested final week and charged with mendacity to federal authorities. He was being held on a $500,000 bond. Worth’s lawyer, Justin Lugar of Roanoke, declined to remark.
Prosecutors stated after Worth’s spouse reported him lacking April 14, police in his hometown of Bluefield and the county sheriff’s workplace launched a large search that included using state police helicopters and canine.
Worth, 38, was situated that night time by a driver who observed him on the facet of the highway on Route 61 close to Gratton, Virginia.
An affidavit written by an FBI agent says that when Worth was taken to a hospital, he informed police he was kidnapped by two strangers, drugged and held in opposition to his will. He stated he was taken to a enterprise he owns, Hawg Pit Cycles in West Virginia, the place he stated his keys had been taken and the shop’s secure was robbed. He additionally stated the lads pointed a gun at him and stole his pocketknife and his 9mm handgun.
However when police reviewed safety video from the bike store, they discovered no indication the store had been disturbed, and no signal of a theft or the white van Worth had described, the affidavit stated.
When the FBI interviewed Worth, he modified his story and stated he was kidnapped by members of a motorbike gang, the affidavit states. He additionally informed authorities he thought he could have been kidnapped as a result of he owed somebody cash.
When requested to whom he owed cash, Worth stated perhaps he ought to “plead the Fifth” and stated he thought it greatest to say “that he made all of it up, he wanted to clear his head, and say he disappeared on his personal,” the FBI agent wrote within the affidavit.
Brokers found he contacted a lady the day he was reported lacking. Worth stated the lady managed a restaurant he owned and denied having an affair along with her.
She finally informed authorities she had Worth had mentioned “eager to disappear.” She stated they determined to maneuver in to a home close to her father’s residence to begin a brand new life collectively.
Worth’s arrest drew consideration in Montana, the place he owned the most important home ever inbuilt Billings, the Billings Gazette reported. The home is a 10-bedroom, 26,000-square-foot mansion with three swimming swimming pools. KTVQ reviews the home was possessed by the lawyer for an organization to whom Worth owed hundreds of thousands and was put up on the market earlier this week with an asking worth of $17 million.