Officers found Sheila Bailey Eubank, 48, bound with rope in her vehicle in a field near Ray Ellison Boulevard and Brook Valley on Oct. 10.
She told officers a man jumped into her vehicle at a Security Service Federal Credit Union ATM near Loop 1604 and Bandera Road. There, she said, the man forced her at knifepoint to drive around the city for what appeared to be drug deals. She said the man then bound her and left her in the field.
Detectives discovered a lottery ticket in Eubank's purse that had been bought near where she was found, during the time she supposedly was being held, police said.
Surveillance footage at the store where the ticket was bought showed Eubank appearing healthy, unhurried and pleasant with a clerk as she made the purchase, police said. Footage at the credit union showed Eubank withdrawing money, but there was no sign anyone else was with her.
Police said that after she was shown footage of the lottery ticket purchase, Eubanks admitted making up the story, saying “she simply wanted a day off from work and wanted attention.”
Eubank was arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated perjury, a third-degree felony. Bail was set at $10,000.