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Prosecutors: Woman faked kidnapping, defrauded California

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Posted at 8:29 PM, Mar 03, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California woman whose disappearance and mysterious reappearance set off a frantic three-week search more than five years ago has been arrested.

Sherri Papini was arrested Thursday on charges of lying to federal agents about being kidnapped and defrauding the state’s victim compensation board of $30,000.

She was found in November 2016 after days of searching in California and several nearby states, with bindings on her body and injuries including a “brand” on her right shoulder.

She told authorities at the time that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two Hispanic women. In reality, authorities said, she was staying with a former boyfriend.