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Sweeten Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case

Admits swindling from ex-boss and relative



    Sweeten Pleads Guilty in Fraud Case
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    A suburban Philadelphia woman who staged a hoax kidnapping in 2009 that ended at Disney World has pleaded guilty to swindling nearly $1 million from her ex-boss and an elderly relative.

    Bonnie Sweeten of Feasterville has been incarcerated since telling 911 operators that two black men kidnapped her and her 9-year-old daughter in 2009. They later surfaced at a Disney hotel.

    The 40-year-old paralegal admits she took more than $700,000 from her law firm and $280,000 from the relative.

    Sweeten faces two to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

    Sweeten served nearly a year in prison for the false 911 call. She remains incarcerated.

    The mother of three has said her life unraveled amid marital and other stresses.