Pa. mother at center of Disney World abduction hoax now accused of stealing from law firm

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Philadelphia mother at the center of an abduction hoax last year now faces charges in connection with the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from clients and colleagues at the law office where she worked.

Thirty-nine-year-old Feasterville resident Bonnie Sweeten was charged Thursday with fraud, money laundering, identity theft and other crimes.

Federal prosecutors say she stole more than $700,000 from clients, the law office and co-workers.

A message left Thursday with an attorney for Sweeten hasn't been returned.

Sweeten called 911 last year to falsely say she and her daughter had been kidnapped. But she actually fled to Orlando, Fla., and Disney World.

She was sentenced in August to nine to 23 months in prison after pleading guilty to identity theft and filing a false police report.