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Man Who Claimed Thieves Robbed Him Of Oxygen Tank Charged With Filing False Report

Reported: Mar. 26, 2014 2:10 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 2:23 PM EDT
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Leslie Rubin) -- It was a story that startled many South Charleston residents when a man claimed he was attacked and robbed of his oxygen tank near Joplin Park. Now, police say the man who made the claims fabricated the entire story.

Frank McMillan, 50, of South Charleston is charged with false reporting of an emergency incident.

On March 14, McMillan told police he was walking home from Thomas Hospital when three black men robbed him at knife point, and threatened to shoot him. McMillan told them the men only stole his oxygen tank, but police say that's not exactly what happened.

During the investigation, South Charleston Police learned that McMillan was treated at Thomas Hospital that night, but he did not have an oxygen machine with him.

McMillan later confessed he made up the story, saying his oxygen tank was stolen, but it was taken from his car prior to the false robbery report. He said he fabricated the story because he feared his car would be towed and impounded because it wasn't properly registered. Police say he told them he fabricated the story in hopes that the police report could be submitted to Medicaid to get him another oxygen machine because he couldn't afford to buy another.

In a press release, South Charleston Police said the wanted to release the information to "quell the fear of citizens living in the Joplin Park area by making them aware no robbery every occurred."



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