TOLEDO, Ohio – A pregnant attorney who police said made up a story about being kidnapped and driven from Ohio to Georgia pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of making false alarms.
Authorities said Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, who was missing for three days in December, told them a man with a gun abducted her outside a juvenile court building in downtown Toledo and forced her into the back of a van. She later recanted.
McConnell Hancock's attorney, Jerry Phillips, said he also expects her to be charged with theft and forgery based on accusations from former clients who say she stole money from them. He said at least 10 of her former clients have come forward since her arrest alleging she had stolen money from them.
Phillips said McConnell Hancock "has admitted what she's done" to prosecutors.
Sentencing on the false alarms plea was scheduled for March 19 in Toledo Municipal Court. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.