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A Lynnwood, Wash. man is charged with two counts of insurance fraud after claiming that car thieves made off with his $33,000 collection of silk neckties.

Carlton H. Wopperer, 49, told quite a whopper of a tale, claiming that three times in 9 years, thieves had stolen his collection of 212 silk neckties from his vehicle. On Jan. 5, 2009, Wopperer told the Mill Creek Police Department that his vehicle had been broken into while it was parked at a greeting card store, and all 212 ties had been taken. He claimed to have had all of that nifty neckwear in tow because he was taking them to a shop to see about having them sewn onto a quilt for display.

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