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Carlee Russell found guilty of kidnapping hoax and ordered to pay $18,000 in restitution

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Carlee Russell, a nursing student who made international news when she faked her own kidnapping over the summer, has been found guilty of false reporting.

At a municipal court hearing Wednesday, Judge Brad Bishop found Russell guilty of filing a false police report and falsely reporting the incident, where she said she saw a child walking along I-459 before disappearing on July 13. On July 15, she walked back to her home in Hoover, where she told police she had been kidnapped.

However, after a multi-day police investigation into Russell’s statement, she admitted that she had made the whole thing up.

Bishop ordered Russell to pay $831 for each misdemeanor charge, as well as more than $17,000 in restitution.

Russell, who has pleaded not guilty in the case, will appeal the decision in circuit court.

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