Police have arrested a Democratic candidate in South Carolina for allegedly filming a fake kidnapping of herself to win votes while running for mayor, reports The State.
Authorities charged Sabrina Belcher with conspiracy as well as filing a false police report following the fake kidnapping. She was filmed being robbed, beaten and kidnapped on Tuesday in a video on Facebook live and according to The State, Belcher arranged the whole incident in order to get "sympathy" before the election.
"They staged a kidnapping and beating in order to garner publicity, sympathy and votes in the November election," said police.
After the fake kidnapping, she said she was "assaulted and kidnapped by an unknown man during an attempted robbery," when speaking to police, adding that the man broke the windows on her vehicle as well.
The unknown man Belcher was referring to is allegedly named Christopher James Eaddy. Eaddy received charges of conspiracy as well, says the Sumpter Police Department.
"This was simply an effort to create disorder and discontent in our community for personal gain," said Chief Russell Roark in a press release. "As a result, a valuable number of resources, including personnel, man hours of the police department as well as local medical professionals, were wasted based on false information."
Belcher is still running for mayor in South Carolina against five other candidates. In addition to her interest in local politics, Belcher also performs rap music.