KGBT-TV in Harlingen reports Jesus Mata of San Benito recently received a tax refund and decided to spend the money Wednesday at the bar in La Feria.
He later contacted police to say gunmen with assault weapons took the money.
Law enforcement in the area conducted a search for the suspects. Mata was questioned a second time and inconsistencies were found in his story.
He was taken into custody Thursday and transported to the Cameron County jail on a charge of filing a false report.
La Feria is about 130 miles south of Corpus Christi.
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