Sherri Papini was charged with kidnapping in court

California “supermom” Sherri Papini, who was the mastermind of an elaborate kidnapping scheme, was emotional as she appeared before a judge on charges that she had lied to federal officials.

Papini, who wore a gray blazer and pants and had her blonde hair tied in a tight bun, appeared before Chief Justice Kendall J. Newman on Wednesday.

Standing alongside her defense attorney, William Portanova, the 39-year-old mother of two agreed to waive the reading of the indictment and was charged with the charges, court officials told The Post.

Wednesday’s brief 10-minute hearing was a formality before Papini appeared via Zoom Monday for her plea alternation hearing, court officials said.

Papini, who has been out on $120,000 bail since her March 3 arrest, plans to plead guilty to one count of misrepresentation and one charge of mail fraud. She is due to be sentenced on July 11.

Before entering federal court in Sacramento with his client, Portanova told reporters, “This is a long process … and we’re trying to do the right thing.”

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Sherri Papini exits federal court after her arraignment in Sacramento, California on April 13, 2022.
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Sherry Papini
Papini shared a statement Tuesday apologizing for her actions.
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Sherry Papini
The mother-of-two faked her own kidnapping in 2016, saying two Hispanic women held her at gunpoint.
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When asked what Papini’s motive was for committing the crime, the Sacramento defense attorney said, “We’re not going to talk about that today.”

On Tuesday, Papini released a statement through her attorney, saying: “I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and apologize for the pain I have caused my family, friends and all the good people who have suffered needlessly because of my story and those who worked so hard to try and help me.”

Prosecutors said Papini, 39, of Redding, lied when she told investigators she was kidnapped at gunpoint by two Hispanic women while she was jogging near her home.

Papini resurfaced on Thanksgiving Day 2016 and provided an FBI sketch artist with a description of her fake kidnappers, prosecutors said.

According to court records, Papini was instead at his home in Costa Mesa, California, with her ex-boyfriend James Reyes. Sherri Papini was charged with kidnapping in court


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