Pittsburgh police say a McCain campaign volunteer made up a story of being robbed, pinned to the ground and having the letter “B” scratched on her face in a politically inspired attack.

Maurita Bryant, the assistant chief of the police department’s investigations division, says Ashley Todd is being charged with making a false report to police.

Bryant says the 20-year-old college student from College Station, Texas, admitted Friday that the story was false.

Todd is white. She told police she was attacked by a 6-foot-4 black man Wednesday night.

She claimed she gave the attacker $60 before he pinned her to the ground and scratched the letter “B” on her right cheek.

Bryant says Todd can’t explain why she invented the story or explain how the “B” was scratched onto her face.

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