Sherri Papini Wiki – Biography
California “super mom” Sherri Papini, whose disappearance and mysterious reappearance sparked a frantic three-week search in 2016 and hit global headlines, lied about being kidnapped and was staying with an ex-boyfriend, officials said.
Papini, who had been reported missing Nov. 2, was found on Thanksgiving Day that year “bound with restraints” and injuries — including a broken nose and a “brand” on the shoulder — on the side of a road.
She is 34-year-old.
Sherri Papini Charged
The Redding woman told investigators she had been kidnapped at gunpoint by two Hispanic women, even providing descriptions to an FBI sketch artist along with a detailed account of her purported abduction.
But authorities now say Papini made the whole thing up.
“In truth, Papini had been voluntarily staying with a former boyfriend in Costa Mesa and had harmed herself to support her false statements,” the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California said in a release.
On Thursday, she was arrested on charges of making false statements to a federal law enforcement officer and engaging in mail fraud, officials said.
The alleged fraudster could be sentenced to up to 20 years behind bars if convicted of mail fraud and up to five years if convicted of lying to the feds.
Papini, who does not have an attorney yet, also faces fines of $250,000 for each charge.
“When a young mother went missing in broad daylight, a community was filled with fear and concern,” US Attorney Phillip Talbert 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,” he added.
According to the charges, Papini was still lying about the abduction in August 2020 when she was interviewed by a federal agent and a local detective.
Authorities showed her evidence indicating she had not been kidnapped and warned her that it was a crime to lie to a federal agent – but she continued to provide false statements, the charges allege.
The woman also had been reimbursed more than $30,000 – in about 35 payments — by the California Victim’s Compensation Board based on her false story, officials said.