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Sherri Papini paid off debt with $49,000 donated during kidnapping scam

Sherri Papini’s once sympathetic story grows more heinous by the day.

The California “supermom” didn’t just fake her own kidnapping: Papini and her husband Keith also allegedly used nearly $50,000 to find her to pay off their credit cards instead, according to authorities.

Daddy was arrested Thursday While indicted, she staged her own kidnapping in 2016, a shocking three-week disappearance that drew international headlines and a wave of public support.

federal prosecutors in California also asserted in court documents Papini used $49,070 donated through GoFundMe’s Bring Sherri Home Safe page to pay off credit card debt and other personal expenses. It seems that her husband Keith and an unnamed ex-boyfriend were at least aware of her ruse.

“Thank you for your donations,” Keith Papini wrote on the GoFundMe page on November 7, 2016, five days after reporting her missing. “Your generosity, concern and prayers are greatly appreciated by the Papini family.”

Just a month later, on Dec. 6, he wrote himself a check for $31,818.13 from the GoFundMe account, according to prosecutors, much of which was used to pay off credit card debt. The remainder of the donation funds were deposited into the couple’s bank accounts and spent on personal expenses.

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California “supermom” Sherri Papini allegedly staged her own kidnapping in 2016.
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In this file photo dated November 10, 2016, a "miss" The sign for Mountain Gate, Calif. resident Sherri Papini can be seen along Sunrise Drive, near where the mother-of-two is said to have disappeared while on an afternoon jog.
Papini’s staged disappearance sparked a media frenzy in 2016.
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Social media image of Sherri Papini and her husband Keith.
Prosecutors insist Papini was living with her ex-boyfriend during her kidnapping scam.
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Papini, 39, of Redding, California, was found beaten and handcuffed on a Yolo County road on Thanksgiving morning 2016 by local sheriffs. She told terrible stories about her kidnapping at gunpoint by two Hispanic women and brutal captivity, including allegations that she was forced to use a trash can as a toilet and was brutally branded on her right shoulder.

She actually spent the entire three weeks with an old friend, prosecutors say, and he was the person who branded her with a wood burning tool he bought at a local hobby lobby.

Papini, who is being held in the Sacramento County Jail, had a virtual hearing on Zoom before U.S. Judge Jeremy Peterson on Friday. He ordered that she remain in custody at least until her next court date on Tuesday.

Social media image of Sherri Papini and her husband.
Keith Papini reportedly took a check from a GoFundMe account to help locate his wife, Sherri.
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Keith Papini claimed his wife Sherri disappeared after going for a jog in Mountain Gate, California.
Keith Papini claimed his wife Sherri disappeared after going for a jog in Mountain Gate, California.
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Sherri Papini continued to lie to authorities about her staged kidnapping during an interview in August 2020, according to the Justice Department.
Sherri Papini continued to lie to authorities about her staged kidnapping during an interview in August 2020, according to the Justice Department.
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Sherri Papini could face a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine for lying to
Sherri Papini could face a maximum sentence of five years and a $250,000 fine for lying to “a federal law enforcement officer,” according to the Justice Department.
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Sherri Papini claimed two Hispanic women abducted and assaulted her.
Sherri Papini claimed two Hispanic women abducted and assaulted her.
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Her lawyer, Michael Borges, took the opportunity to express her concerns about the quality of prison food.

“She has allergies that affect her ability to eat the food that was provided to her in the Sacramento County Jail,” Borges said. “She had been provided with nothing but part of an apple. She has not been able to eat since she was arrested yesterday morning.”

Papini is accused of providing false information to a federal law enforcement officer and engaging in mail fraud. She faces up to 25 years if convicted on both counts. She was reimbursed more than $30,000 by a state compensation agency for her false kidnapping story.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/05/sherri-papini-paid-debt-with-49000-donated-during-kidnap-hoax/ Sherri Papini paid off debt with $49,000 donated during kidnapping scam

JACLYN DIAZ

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