Sheena Flores pleads guilty to staging kidnapping in Guatemala

A Manassas woman pleaded guilty Thursday to charges connected to a staged kidnapping in Guatemala.

Sheena Flores, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court to one count transmitting in foreign commerce with intent to extort money a communication containing a threat to injure. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 21 and faces up to 20 years in prison.

Authorities said Flores was living in Guatemala n July 2010 with a child under the age of two who was born in Guatemala. She contacted a family member in Manassas by telephone and claimed that she and the child had been kidnapped, authorities said. She said the kidnappers wanted $5,000 or she and the child would be killed. Family members of Flores also received text messages threatening to kill Flores is a ransom wasn’t paid.

The relatives wired $3,000.

The kidnapping, however, was staged, authorities said.