Pa. kidnap hoax mom denied bail in fraud case
PHILADELPHIA - August 12, 2010 -- A suburban Philadelphia mom who staged a hoax kidnapping while under criminal investigation has been denied bail in the $700,000 fraud case.
Bonnie Sweeten, of Feasterville, has spent a year incarcerated since calling 911 and reporting that two black men had kidnapped her and a 9-year-old daughter. They were later found at Disney World.
U.S. District Judge William Yohn Jr. says Thursday the 40-year-old paralegal must remain in custody until her November fraud trial. She is accused of stealing money from an elderly relative and a law firm.
Sweeten served nearly a year in county prison for the false 911 call.
Prosecutors argued Wednesday that she remains a flight risk. But a public defender says counseling has helped get her on the right track.
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