A woman has escaped prison for faking a burglary because she was too scared to tell her husband she had spent their life savings.
The 65-year-old, whose name has not been released, was given a six month suspended prison sentence for the stunt in the city of Nizhny Tagil in central Russia's Sverdlovsk Oblast region.
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Neighbours called police after hearing cries for help coming from the woman's flat and officers arrived to find her wrapped in duct tape and the flat ransacked.
She claimed she had answered the door to what she thought was a postman to find two men, wearing stocking masks and surgical gloves, demanding cash.
The woman said the men tied her up with duct tape, trashed her home and escaped with the family's life savings of £2,230.
But police grew suspicious and the woman later admitted that she had faked the whole thing because she dared not tell her husband that she had spent the money.
She had ransacked the flat herself and then stuck duct tape to her wrists and ankles to make it look as if she had been the victim of a violent burglary
The woman could have been jailed for up to five years for making false allegations and for wasting police time but the judge took pity on her.
It is not known how her husband has reacted to either the news that their life savings have been spent or that he will not after all be deprived of his wife's company.