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Posted: 6:48 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sheriff: Man fabricated abduction story

By Sandy Collins

SPRINGFIELD —

The Champaign County Sheriff's department says a man who reported he was the victim of an abduction in March was making it up.

James E. Corwin told authorities he was driving on Thackery Road near Coffin Station Road in Springfield on March 6, when an older model vehicle forced his truck off the road. According to the Sheriff's office, Corwin told them he was forced into their vehicle by three white men, taken to a hotel in Springfield where he was held until March 8, then released in the area of State Route 41 and Upper Valley Pike.

Corwin is facing charges of falsification, making false alarms and inducing panic.

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