Sherri Papini the California woman who arranged her own fake kidnapping has plead guilty avoiding a trial. According to court documents Sherri Papini would disappear in November 2016 and would remain missing for three weeks until she was “found” badly injured. Sherri Papini would tell police that she was taken by two Hispanic women at gunpoint. Turns out Sherri Papini was at an ex boyfriend home and all of the injuries that she suffered were self inflicted. Fast forward six years and now Sherri Papini has plead guilty to making false statements and mail fraud. When she is sentenced it is doubtful that Sherri Papini will receive much jail time however she does owe over three hundred grand in restitution.
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d time with an ex-boyfriend has accepted a plea deal according to the Sacramento Bee.
William Protnova, who began handling Sherri Papini’s defense on March 24, told the Bee that Papini had agreed to plead guilty to lying to a federal officer and mail fraud. Papini was charged in a criminal information filed today in the U.S. District Court with thirty-four counts of mail fraud and one count of making false statements. In a plea agreement, also filed today, Papini agreed to plead guilty to a single count of mail fraud and one count of making false statements
According to the criminal complaint filed in this case, on Nov. 2, 2016, Papini was reported missing, and extensive searches were conducted for her in Shasta County and California as well as in several other states.
The Department of Justice says at that time, Papini told law enforcement officers and others that she had been abducted and held by two Hispanic women at gunpoint and held against her will. She also provided details of the alleged abductors to an FBI sketch artist. Based on her account, law enforcement agencies were on the lookout for Hispanic women matching Papini’s description. The investigation eventually showed, however, that this was a false narrative Papini fabricated.
The DOJ says that in truth, Papini had been voluntarily staying with a former boyfriend in Costa Mesa and had harmed herself to support her false statements.
Papini issued a statement through her attorney expressing remorse. “I am deeply ashamed of myself for my behavior and so sorry for the pain I’ve caused my family, my friends, all the good people who needlessly suffered because of my story and those who worked so hard to try to help me,” Papini said in her statement. “I will work the rest of my life to make amends for what I have done.”
According to investigators, Papini’s application to the California Victim Compensation Board resulted in approximately 35 payments totaling over $30,000.
The charge of making false statements to a federal law enforcement officer carries a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Mail fraud charges carry a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.