Pa. kidnap hoax mom denied bail in fraud case

On May 26, 2009, Bonnie Sweeten faked a carjacking and her own kidnapping and took her daughter to Walt Disney World.

August 12, 2010 11:51:25 AM PDT
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.