Compulsive gambler makes up mugging

A Croat worker who lost more than 1,000 Euros gambling faces charges for wasting police time for claiming he was robbed.The 24-year-old told police officers in Stockerau, Lower Austria, on Wednesday night two men beat him up and threatened him with knives after work.The warehouseman said the duo took 1,176 Euros he planned to spend on doing his driving licence.Officers however soon found out that the man was lying after his story included more and more contradictions as he went on.The would-be mugging victim eventually admitted he spent all the money on playing on one-armed bandits. He claimed having initially been “too ashamed” to tell the truth.He now faces charges for giving a false statement and wasting police time.