A California woman who was arrested last month on charges including making false statements to federal law enforcement in connection with a kidnapping hoax has signed a plea deal.

Sherri Papini, 39, has agreed to plead guilty to making materially false statements to FBI agents and committing mail fraud “based on her being a kidnapping victim,” 

U.S. U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert said on Tuesday. In a U.S. District Court criminal information also filed on Tuesday, Papini was charged with a total of 34 counts of mail fraud  

In a statement shared with the Associated Press through attorney William Portanova, Papini said she was “deeply ashamed” of what she had done.

“I am deeply ashamed of myself for my behavior and so very sorry for the pain I’ve caused my family, my friends, 

all the good people who needlessly suffered because of my story and those who worked so hard to try to help me,” Papini said.  

The Sacramento Bee was first to report the plea deal. Papini was initially reported missing in November 2016, spurring a number of search efforts in the Shasta County area of California.

She had also given herself injuries in an effort to back up the fabricated story of having been kidnapped.