06/16/2010 08:58 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Stephanie Benatatos, Zifiris Valsamis Fake Kidnapping

A Long Island man and his girlfriend wound up in handcuffs after they allegedly staged a fake kidnapping - for a mere $400 ransom.

The plot unfolded after Stephanie Benatatos, 21, of Mastic Beach, called her mom about 5 p.m. Sunday and said that she and her beau, Zifiris (John) Valsamis, 24, also of Mastic Beach, had been abducted by two armed men in a black SUV, cops said.