LA FERIA, Texas - A man faked a story about a robbery to avoid telling his wife that he spent their $1,000 tax return at a strip bar, authorities in Texas said.
Jesus Mata Jr., 21, recently received the refund and decided to spend it at the bar on Wednesday, police said, before he concocted a story to police that gunmen with assault weapons took the money.
Police said Mata told them he was robbed at gunpoint at 3 a.m. and that six men in two trucks boxed in his car and took the money.
Law enforcement in the area conducted a search after hearing Mata's story.
"We followed a wild goose chase and ended up with no one. We followed a couple of leads that led us nowhere," La Feria Police Chief Don Garcia told KRGV-TV.
When Mata was questioned a second time and inconsistencies were found, police said Mata admitted making up the story.
"I started drinking some Bud Lights and I got a couple of lap dances," police said Mata told them. "I was there until they closed at 2 a.m.
Mata was taken into custody Thursday on a charge of filing a false report, but additional charges could be filed.