ATLANTA – So-called runaway bride Jennifer Wilbanks (search) was indicted Wednesday on felony and misdemeanor charges and faces arrest within days, Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter announced.
Wilbanks — who is still undergoing intensive psychological treatment — was indicted on one count of making false statements, a felony, and one count of falsely reporting a crime, a misdemeanor, the district attorney said.
"We believe that the grand jury made the appropriate decision," Porter said Wednesday in a news conference. "At some point you just can't lie to the police."
Wilbanks disappeared days before her 600-guest wedding, led police and the community on a wild goose chase and initially lied and said she'd been kidnapped. She is currently still undergoing intensive inpatient psychological treatment, FOX News has learned.
Wilbanks could face up to six years in prison if convicted of both charges, as well as $11,000 in fines. She could also be ordered to reimburse authorities for the cost of the search that was prompted by her disappearance.
A warrant will be issued for her arrest within the next few days, Porter said, adding he was confident that arrangements could be made for Wilbanks to turn herself in. No court date has been set.
The district attorney said he didn't know where Wilbanks, who works as a nurse, was currently being treated.
Her lawyer, Lydia Sartain (search), initially said Wednesday she was out of town until after the Memorial Day holiday, and her office voicemail said she wasn't making any statements about the case.
Later, there was talk of a press conference hosted by Sartain and the family's pastor, Dr. Tom Smiley, to address the charges. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Gainesville, Ga., before being canceled.
Instead a family spokesman gave reporters a written statement saying that because of Wilbanks' condition, the family was unable to comment for the time being.
Her fiancé and other relatives rallied around her after she returned, with her husband-to-be even saying he gave back her engagement ring and still wants to marry her.
Sartain has previously said she does not think Wilbanks committed a crime in Gwinnett County (search). Authorities in Albuquerque have already said they will not charge Wilbanks.
"The citizens of the county will be ill-served by an attempted prosecution," Sartain said before the indictment was handed down.
The penalty for the felony charge is 1 to 5 years behind bars; the misdemeanor carries a sentence of up to 12 months in confinement, according to Porter.
Wilbanks' family has been in negotiations with Porter over a possible settlement, but Porter said before the grand jury proceedings that no agreement had been reached.
The indictment does not rule out a plea agreement to lesser charges, Porter said. Authorities had said they were talking to the Wilbanks family about a possible deal.
Wilbanks, 32, disappeared from her Duluth home on April 26 after claiming that she was going for a jog.
While Georgia authorities looked for her, the woman traveled to Las Vegas by bus and then to Albuquerque, N.M. There, she called authorities with a story about having been abducted and sexually assaulted.
But under questioning, she recanted and said she fled Georgia because of unspecified personal issues. She returned to Georgia on April 30, the day she was to have been married in a lavish ceremony.
Her disappearance prompted a massive search and nationwide publicity. City, county and state officials spent about $50,000 looking for her.
Wilbanks has offered to pay $13,250 to the city of Duluth to help offset the costs of its three-day search. Mayor Shirley Lassetter said the city is prepared to accept that offer if it is made in writing, and would write off the remaining $30,000 or so.
Several state and county agencies already said they will not ask her to reimburse them for a total of $10,000 spent in additional search costs.
FOX News' Catherine Donaldson-Evans, Jonathan Serrie and The Associated Press contributed to this report.