updated 12/14/2007 3:27:02 PM ET 2007-12-14T20:27:02

A pregnant attorney who police said made up a story about being kidnapped was charged Friday with making false alarms.

Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, a former city councilwoman, never was abducted last week outside a the city's juvenile court building, police said.

Hancock's husband has said she had a "meltdown" and that she was seeking treatment. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Hancock was reported missing Dec. 5 and was found three days later after she flagged down a motorist near Six Flags in Austell, Ga. Her car was found nearby.

She told authorities that a man with a gun abducted her in downtown Toledo and forced into the back of a van, police said.

Police said she recanted the story Monday after meeting with investigators for about eight hours.

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