After her release from prison, a kidnapping hoax mom claimed she stole money from the employer


After allegedly stealing from an entrepreneur who gave her another chance, a Pennsylvania woman who feigned her own kidnapping is back in the news.

Bonnie Sweeten claimed in 2009 that she and her 9 year-old daughter were kidnapped from Bucks County by two Black men. She called 911, claiming they were in the trunk of the kidnappers’ car. 

Her ex-husband was able to make an emotional appeal on TV networks: “Let them go. There’s no reason to keep them. I don’t understand why they would want to keep them. Just let them go.”

Sweeten and her daughter were finally found at Disney World two days later. They were staying in the Grand Floridian Hotel. ABC News cameras captured the moment when Julia was reunited to her family.

There was also outrage over the racial overtones of pinning the hoax kidnapping on two Black men.

Later, police discovered that Sweeten also stole hundreds of thousands from Debbie Carlitz, her employer. 

“She destroyed my life. Absolutely destroyed it. She just took so much from me,” Carlitz told Inside Edition. 

Sweeten spent eight years in prison. After she was released, Sweeten was offered a job by a friend and the chance to rebuild her life. Federal prosecutors have now revealed that Sweeten, like her 13-year-old self, also conned him with tens to thousands of dollars.

“I felt so sorry for him. I really did, because he trusted her again. But I find that really, really amazing. Somebody actually gave her a chance to do it again,” Carlitz said. 

Sweeten could be sentenced to up 40 years imprisonment if convicted of the most recent charge.

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