The man gagged himself and bound his hands for his failed attempt at staging his own kidnapping
The investigation in the case began on 10 February when officers responded to a call of an injured man lying near a water tower in Coolidge city outside Phoenix.
He told officials that he was abducted by two masked men who hit him in the back of his head and knocked him unconscious. The abductors, according to Mr Soules, drove him around before leaving him near the water tower where he was found.
He said during the investigation he was abducted because he had a huge amount of money left by his father hidden somewhere in the desert.
The detectives continued their investigation for days to match the evidences to his account by reviewing surveillance footage of the area, scouring his phone details and interviewed people.
The police eventually concluded the investigation after no evidence was found to corroborate the story. The report in the case said that “his story was fabricated and no kidnapping or assault occurred”.
“An extensive investigation was conducted by Coolidge detectives and evidence was discovered showing his story was fabricated and no kidnapping or assault occurred,” the Daily Mail quoted the police saying.
The man pleaded guilty at a sentencing hearing to false reporting on 18 February and ordered to pay a £388 ($550) fine. Soules reportedly told the police he made up the story “as an excuse to get out of work,” according to the Coolidge Examiner.