Man Stages a Robbery to Dodge Alimony Payments
Ravi Kumar of Bangalore, India, was facing a difficult situation -- not only was his wife, Saroja, divorcing him, but she was demanding 1.5 million rupees (about $24,000) in alimony payments. Rather than discuss things with Saroja or through a mediator, Kumar went to the police and told them four men had just burst into his house and robbed him. He cunningly reasoned that no court would hold him responsible for an expensive alimony payment if he had just been robbed, because the thieves had clearly stolen all of the money he was ever going to earn and Kumar was unaware of gradual payment plans.
"... and then they said they'd used a time machine to rob future me too, and that future Saroja totally gets fat."
His brilliant scheme only fell apart when the police actually went to investigate. They inspected his house to find it looking thoroughly unrobbed (none of his mother's jewelry had been stolen, for example, even though she was at home at the time of the alleged robbery), and none of his neighbors or the many people in the crowded surrounding streets had noticed any suspicious activity. Kumar confessed, presumably after debating whether to blame the crime on thieving poltergeists with extremely discerning tastes.