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Feds: California Woman Faked Kidnapping, Defrauded State


A Redding, California woman whose disappearance set off a frantic three-week search five years ago has been arrested.

Sherri Papini was taken into custody 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 to her 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.


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