Cops: Suffolk couple staged kidnapping for cash

Officials say a Suffolk couple is accused of staging their kidnapping for cash.

Cops say 21-year-old Stephanie Benatatos and 24-year-old Zifiris Valsamis called Benatatos' mom saying they had been abducted by two armed men in an SUV in the Mastic Beach area.

Valsamis claimed he had been released, but the captors wanted money he owed them for drugs or Bentatatos would be hurt.

Police say the whole kidnapping was a hoax and the couple staged the ordeal to get money for heroin and OxyContin.

The couple was arrested and charged with grand larceny.

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