EntertainmentSherri Papini exposed: Fake kidnapping nets $150k, 18 months in jail

Sherri Papini exposed: Fake kidnapping nets $150k, 18 months in jail

She faked her own kidnapping. The shocking truth came to light after years.
She faked her own kidnapping. The shocking truth came to light after years.
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7:12 AM EDT, June 28, 2024

This story captivated the entire United States. Sherri Papini unexpectedly disappeared for three weeks. Later, she claimed that she was kidnapped by two Latina women who abused her daily while she was held captive. However, it was all lies.

A few years ago, the story of Sherri Papini shocked the United States. On November 2, 2016, the 34-year-old woman was allegedly kidnapped while jogging about 0.6 miles from her home in Redding, California. Three weeks later, on November 24, she was allegedly freed by the kidnappers at 7:30 AM Eastern Time, coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday. Ultimately, it turned out that the entire incident was a hoax.

Papini admitted to making false statements. It is worth noting that after the alleged kidnapping, she received over $30,000 from a kidnapping victims fund and $127,567 in Social Security disability payments. In May 2022, she was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Prosecutors revealed that she had planned the entire act with her ex-boyfriend in December 2015. Additionally, she was ordered to repay more than $309,000 as compensation for incurred costs.

According to reports from American media, Papini has already been released from federal prison and is currently staying in a residential reentry center in Sacramento. This information was reported by the "Sacramento Bee".

On the day of the staged kidnapping, Sherri’s husband, Keith Papini, returned home from work at Best Buy and did not find his wife. He used a phone location app, which showed that the device was about a mile from their home. Sherri Papini later claimed in interviews that she was held captive by two Latina women who physically abused her.

The search for the alleged kidnappers spanned the entire United States. Authorities were looking for a dark SUV in which the two Latina women were supposedly traveling, armed with a gun. Investigators issued nearly 20 search warrants and checked phone call histories, bank accounts, emails, and social media profiles. The FBI also assisted in the investigation.

The truth about the hoax was revealed only after several years, thanks to DNA testing. Both male and female DNA was found on Sherri Papini, which did not match her or her husband. In March 2022, it was discovered that the DNA belonged to her ex-boyfriend, James Reyes, who confirmed that the woman was with him at his residence in southern California during the alleged kidnapping. These findings put an end to the mystery surrounding the supposed abduction that had kept the public in suspense for years.

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