“I am deeply ashamed of myself for my behavior and so sorry for the pain I’ve caused my family, my friends, all the good people who needlessly suffered because of my story and those who worked so hard to try to help me,” Papini mentioned in her assertion. “I will work the rest of my life to make amends for what I have done.”
Papini, 39, launched the assertion by way of her lawyer, William Portanova, as first reported by The Sacramento Bee Tuesday.
As CNN beforehand reported, Papini was reported lacking by her husband in November 2016 after she had gone out for a jog close to her residence in Shasta County. Three weeks later, on Thanksgiving Day, she was discovered alone on an interstate freeway 140 miles from residence.
She informed police she had been kidnapped and branded by two girls who stored her chained in a closet. She gave an elaborate story of her kidnapping and remedy by the hands of the supposed assailants, whom she mentioned wore masks, spoke Spanish, held her at gunpoint and branded her with a heated software.
Nevertheless, in accordance with the Division of Justice, Papini truly stayed with an ex-boyfriend in Southern California in the course of the three weeks she was reportedly lacking and acquired over $30,000 in fraudulent sufferer help cash primarily based on the hoax, court docket paperwork present.
Papini was charged with making false statements to a federal regulation enforcement officer and mail fraud, and she or he agreed to plead responsible to 1 depend of every, prosecutors mentioned Tuesday in a press release. She faces a most sentence of 25 years in jail and as much as $500,000 in fines.
The court docket will decide the sentence. Papini’s plea date has not been set.
“We are taking this case in an entirely new direction,” Portanova, a former federal prosecutor, informed The Sacramento Bee. “Everything that has happened before today stops today.”
Papini’s plea settlement has been delivered to prosecutors within the US Lawyer’s Workplace in Sacramento, Portanova’s workplace confirms to CNN.
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