California Mom Faked Her Own Kidnapping

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Sherri Papini, the 40-year-old Northern California woman charged last month with faking her own kidnapping in 2016, was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

It's double what prosecutors recommended. Papini must also refund $310,000 to the California Victims Compensation Board for expenditures

including therapist appointments for "anxiety and PTSD" and the ambulance transport to the hospital after she surfaced near Sacramento.

The sentence ends a six-year tale that began with a three-week hunt for the "lost" Papini in 2016 and investigations that led to her guilty plea this year for lying 

Papini's sentence is eight to 14 months more than she agreed to in her plea deal, though it's down from 25 years.

Judge William Shubb chose an 18-month term to dissuade others. Shubb assessed "the amount of persons affected."

When a young mother disappeared in broad sight, a community was frightened, U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert said in March.

"The inquiry proved there was no kidnapping, wasting time and resources that could have been utilised to investigate true crime, safeguard the community, and help victims."

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