California woman admits she faked 2016 kidnapping

Posted at 3:53 PM, Apr 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-12 18:53:51-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman is admitting that she faked her own kidnapping more than five years ago.

The search for 39-year-old Sherri Papini of Redding set off a three-week search until she resurfaced on Thanksgiving Day in 2016.

But federal prosecutors alleged in early March that she actually was staying with a former boyfriend nearly 600 miles away in Southern California.

They said she injured herself to back up her false statements.

Her attorney, William Portanova, confirmed that she signed a plea agreement Tuesday.

A spokesperson for federal prosecutors couldn’t confirm the plea deal until something is on the public record.