Hoax Mom Faces New Criminal Charges
A Bucks County mother who admitted making up a phony story about being kidnapped is now accused of stealing more than $700,000 while working as a paralegal at a Feasterville law firm. 39-year-old Bonnie Sweeten of Feasterville pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of identity theft and making false reports to police last year, telling the judge she had no explanation for why she fled to Disney World with her nine-year-old daughter after concocting a story about two black men carjacking them and shoving them into the trunk of a Cadillac on Street Road in Southampton. Now a federal grand jury indictment accuses her of stealing from her employer and her ex-husband’s ailing grandfather and stealing civil settlements awarded to a pair of teenage sex abuse victims and a number of other law firm clients. She is charged with fraud, forgery and other offenses. It says she forged documents including a driver’s license, passport and court order and forged signatures including those of her employer and a New Jersey judge.