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Matthew Muller, Suspect in Vallejo Kidnapping First Deemed Hoax, Pleads Not Guilty

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    A disbarred attorney charged with kidnapping in a California case that police initially dismissed as a hoax has pleaded not guilty.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office says Matthew Muller entered his not guilty plea Monday in federal court in Sacramento.

    The 38-year-old Muller is charged in the March kidnapping of Denise Huskins.

    Muller, a Harvard Law School graduate, is accused of kidnapping Huskins from her Vallejo home.

    After Huskins reappeared two days later, Vallejo police said at a news conference the kidnapping was a hoax. They have since apologized.

    Huskins has filed a claim against the city seeking unspecified monetary damages.

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