Sherri Papini, who faked kidnapping, released from prison

Posted at 11:03 AM, August 28, 2023 and last updated 9:03 AM, August 29, 2023


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Court TV) — A California mother who faked her own kidnapping has been released from federal prison after serving nine months.

FILE – Sherri Papini of Redding leaves the federal courthouse accompanied by her attorney, William Portanova, right, after her arraignment in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 13, 2022.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Sherri Papini, 41, was reportedly released to community confinement last week. Federal prison records indicate Papini’s confinement is being overseen by RRM Sacramento. She’s scheduled to be released from the halfway house in Oct.

Last Sept., Papini was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for making false statements and mail fraud. She was ordered to report to prison on Nov. 8. She was also ordered to 36 months of supervision after her release, reported The AP.

On Thanksgiving Day in 2016, authorities located Papini after a massive three-week search for the mother of two. Papini, who was found with bindings and injuries on her body, told investigators she was kidnapped at gunpoint by two Hispanic women.

She maintained her story for years until investigators determined she had faked the kidnapping and was staying with a former boyfriend 600 miles away. Papini was arrested in March 2022 on a sprawling indictment.