Pa. Woman Held in Abduction Hoax Freed on $1M bail

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A woman accused of staging an abduction hoax that began near Philadelphia and ended at Florida's Walt Disney World resort has been released on $1 million bail.

Officials at the Bucks County Correctional Facility in suburban Philadelphia say 38-year-old Bonnie Sweeten was released about 5 p.m. Saturday after posting 10 percent of her bail, $100,000 in cash.

Sweeten was returned to Pennsylvania from Florida on Friday and arraigned on misdemeanor charges of identity theft and false reporting.

Authorities say Sweeten phoned 911 on Tuesday from downtown Philadelphia, claiming she and her daughter had been carjacked and stuffed in the trunk of a Cadillac near their suburban home. The call touched off a frantic search that ended 30 hours later at a Florida hotel.

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