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Jury Selection Set to Begin for Fake Kidnapping Scheme


An FBI manhunt for an Ingham County teenager in July led to Police to a shocking discovery; that her disappearance was all a hoax.

Today, jury selection is schedule for one of the men police say helped organize the scheme.

It started back in July, when 15 year old Marissa Boles disappeared.

At first police thought she just ran away, but after 4 days and countless hours of searching, her family got a ransom call from a man demanding $5000.

Police traced the call to a mobile home in Lansing Township where they found Boles, 22 year old Tony Ruiz and another man.

Police say all three were in on the hoax.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin today for Ruiz, who's charged with harboring a runaway.

If convicted, Ruiz could spend a year in prison and pay a $500 fine. 

Boles is facing 20 years in prison for extortion, running away and misuse of a telephone.

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