Audrey Seiler, the University of Wisconsin sophomore who allegedly faked her own abduction and got national publicity, will agree to a plea bargain next week, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Details were not disclosed. Seiler, 20, of Rockford, Minn., faces two misdemeanor charges of obstructing officers who were investigating her abduction. The maximum penalty is nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine for each charge. Chris Van Wagner, a veteran criminal lawyer, told the Wisconsin State Journal that Seiler will likely be sentenced to probation and ordered to repay some of the $96,000 Madison, Wi., police spent on the search for her and for the person she initially claimed abducted her.
Seiler vanished March 27 from her Madison apartment and was found four days later. She told investigators several versions of what happened. Police later said her abduction was a hoax. Hundreds of volunteers took part in an extensive search of the campus and city.