RICHBORO, Pa. – A suburban Philadelphia woman accused of faking an abduction and running off to Disney World with her 9-year-old daughter will spend nine to 24 months in prison.
Thirty-eight-year-old Bonnie Sweeten pleaded guilty Thursday in Bucks County Court to identity theft and making false reports to police.
Authorities say the white mother of three called 911 on May 26 and said she and her daughter had been abducted by two black men. Prosecutors say she instead used a stolen driver's license to fly to Florida and check into a Disney hotel.
Sweeten's father, William Siner, attacked a group of cameramen outside the courtroom, slamming one into a wooden bench. Authorities detained Siner after the scuffle. It was not immediately clear if he would be charged.
Federal authorities are also investigating allegations Sweeten stole money from family members and an employer.