REDDING, Calif. - A Northern California woman who was arrested last week for allegedly faking her own 2016 kidnapping and lying to federal agents has been released from jail.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Sherri Papini could be released after her family posted a $120,000 bond. She later left jail in Sacramento, running past a throng of photographers and reporters.
Papini was arrested Thursday on charges of lying to federal agents about being kidnapped and defrauding the state's victim compensation board of $30,000.
Officials say Papini's abduction hoax cost Shasta County, state and federal taxpayers, crime victims and donors more than $200,000.