Friday, November 09, 2018

Land of 10,000 Fakes: Minnesota couple pleads guilty to fabricating $20,000 robbery on Lower Wacker Drive

Ryan Reiersgaard (l) and Katie Mager | CPD
A Minnesota couple that falsely claimed to have been robbed of $20,000 in cash and property after their GPS led them into Lower Wacker Drive last December has pleaded guilty to filing a false report of offense.

Katie Mager and Ryan Reiersgaard, both 28, told police that three men confronted them with a knife near Columbus and Lower Wacker around 1:50 a.m. on December 7th and took an engagement ring valued at $12,000; a $3,000 suitcase; a $2,000 MacBook Air; a $300 bag; and a $150 iPad Mini, according to a CPD spokesperson.

But investigators soon became suspicious of the duo’s claim and the couple eventually admitted to fabricating the story, police said.

Now, the two have pleaded guilty. Reiersgaard was sentenced to two-year’s second chance probation and fined $584 by Judge Steven Watkins. Mager was sentenced to 130 hours of community service by Watkins.

Reiersaard and Mager live separately in suburban Minneapolis.

Same song, different verse

Mina Asaad | CPD
Meanwhile, a Loop restaurant manager has pleaded guilty to falsely claiming that he had been robbed of the eatery’s receipts this summer.

Mina Asaad, 25, told police on July 9th that he had been robbed at gunpoint as he walked to make a bank deposit for Bibibop, 24 East Jackson.  Asaad told police that a Dodge Charger rolled up on him and two men in the back seat displayed handguns while taking his wallet and the restaurant’s bank deposit, according to a police report.

But investigators reviewed video from nearby businesses and could not find any sign of the Charger or indications that a robbery took place. Asaad was charged with filing a false report to a public service agency.

Asaad has now pleaded guilty and been sentenced to one year of non-reporting probation by Judge Charles Burch.
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