California woman Sherri Papini screamed “no” and ran away when FBI agents arrived to arrest her last week, throwing her phone in the process.
The information was revealed during Papini’s bond hearing Monday, where the prosecution pushed to keep her on house arrest, arguing that she’s a flight risk. Papini was arrested for allegedly faking her own kidnapping in 2016, which cost taxpayers over $200,000, according to court documents.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremy D. Peterson ultimately ruled that Papini be released on a $120,000 bond after her defense lawyer, Michael Borges, previously asked the court to release her on her own recognizance, citing concerns about the jail conditions and Papini’s restrictive diet.
Borges said Papini’s food allergies prevented her from eating most of the jail food.
Papini, 39, was reported missing on November 2, 2016, and found 22 days later just off Interstate 5 near Yolo, as CrimeOnline previously reported. She was emaciated and had cuts and bruises all over her body. She had a “brand” on one shoulder and her hair was cut shorter.
She told investigators that she had been kidnapped at gunpoint by a pair of Hispanic women and provided descriptions to a sketch artist. She also provided detailed descriptions of her treatment by the two women.
But federal authorities said she was actually staying with a former boyfriend in Costa Mesa, some 600 miles from her Shasta County home, and all the stories were lies.
“When a young mother went missing in broad daylight, a community was filled with fear and concern,” U.S. 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.”
Papini “harmed herself to support her false statements,” the US Attorney’s Office said. She was also reimbursed $30,000 by the victim compensation board to cover therapy appointments, ambulance rides, and other items.
The complaint says that Papini’s ex-boyfriend provided information about her stay with him, telling investigators that they communicated with one another with prepaid cell phones for nearly a year before the alleged abduction.
The investigation also uncovered other affairs Papini allegedly had and interviewed witnesses who described her as “crazy” and “wild.” One person, who knew her from a youth program said she “was good at creating different realities for people so that they would see what she wanted them to see, which got her really good attention.”
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[Feature Photo: Keith and Sherri Papini/ Handout]
*Additional reporting by KC Wildmoon*