The moment ‘Sherri Papini To Serve Time In Jail- Faking Her Own Kidnap’ Sherri Papini, a California mother who orchestrated her own kidnapping, is expected to serve time in prison for her intricate fraud, according to federal authorities.
Sherri Papini To Serve Time In Jail- Faking Her Own Kidnap
On Wednesday, prosecutors suggested Papini should serve a sentence consisting of a month behind bars, followed by seven months under house arrest. CBS reports that the sentence suggestion was provided in an amended memorandum filed at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
Papini previously accepted a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to both organizing the hoax and mail fraud. Papini’s lawyer, William J. Portanova, said in April that he would negotiate a plea agreement with federal prosecutors. She initially faced a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail on just 34 counts of mail fraud, plus an additional five for lying to the FBI about the kidnapping.
According to the prosecution, Papion’s proposed sentence “fully and fairly accounts for the entirety of Papini’s behavior and the relevant sentencing elements, and is sufficient but not greater than necessary to achieve the sentencing purposes.”
“A shorter sentence, such as the one month in jail recommended by probation or home confinement instead of incarceration, is not adequate to achieve the purposes of sentencing.”
As previously reported by CrimeOnline, Papini was reported missing on November 2, 2016, and was eventually discovered 22 days later off Interstate 5 close to Yolo, California. She had bruises and wounds all over her body and was severely underweight. Her hair was shorter, and there was a “mark” on one shoulder.
She submitted descriptions to a sketch artist and told police that she had been taken at gunpoint by two Hispanic ladies. She also gave in-depth accounts of how the two women treated her.
However, according to federal investigators, all the rumors were false and she was actually residing with a former boyfriend in Costa Mesa, about 600 miles from her home in Shasta County.
“When a young mother went missing in broad daylight, a community was filled with fear and concern,” U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert previously said in a statement. “Ultimately, the investigation revealed that there was no kidnapping and that time and resources that could have been used to investigate actual crime, protect the community, and provide resources to victims were wasted.”
According to the US Attorney’s Office, Papini “harmed herself to substantiate her false statements.” The victim compensation board also paid her $30,000 to cover therapy appointments, ambulance rides, and other expenses.
A complaint says that Papini’s ex-boyfriend provided information about her stay with him, telling investigators that they communicated with one another with prepaid cell phones for nearly a year before the alleged abduction.