Sherri Papini, the Mountain Gate mom who faked her own kidnapping in 2016, was sentenced to 18 months in prison

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Under maximum sentencing guidelines, Papini could have received up to five years in prison for making false statements to the FBI and a 20-year sentence for mail fraud.

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Senior U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb gave Papini a longer sentence than the government prosecutors' recommendation

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Which turned into 8 months, followed through 3 years of supervised release. The decide said he chose the longer sentence to deter others.

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"We have to make sure that crime does not pay" and deter potential copycats looking for sympathy or money, Shubb said.

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The judge called Papini "a manipulator" and said that the public needs "to be sent the right message."

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Papini, 40, also was ordered to pay $309,902 in restitution for losses incurred by the California Victim Compensation Board, the Social Security Administration

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She also must pay a $200 special assessment. Rather than admitting her crimes, Shubb said that it took investigations by Shasta County officials and the FBI to uncover Papini's kidnapping hoax.

The judge also expressed doubts that her restitution would ever be paid: "I would ask rhetorically who is going to employ Ms. Papini in the future?"