Bonnie Sweeten Sentenced to Prison Time for Faking Abduction That Sparked National Search
Suburban Philadelphia mom Bonnie Sweeten was sentenced to nine to 23 months in prison for filing a false kidnapping report and then fleeing to Disney World with her daughter to avoid arrest.
Sweeten, 38, called 911 and told operators that she had been carjacked by two black men. Her call led to a national search that involved everyone from the FBI to Disney World security and led to a public outcry when it was revealed to be a hoax.
The PTA mom and paralegal was being investigated for financial misdeeds, including the possible theft of $280,000 from her ex-husband’s grandfather. She and her second husband, Larry Sweeten, had spent a small fortune on fertility treatments.