Adoption Scam Targets Vulnerable Families

Few things in life bring more joy and satisfaction than a newborn healthy baby. The lucky parents are on top of the world, and those feelings can last a lifetime, or at least until the teenage years.

Knowing that, it is easy to understand the pain and frustration of people who want to become parents but are unable to. The reason could be a fertility issue, advanced age or the lack of a partner for the conception process.

The agony such people endure leaves them particularly vulnerable to con artists out to make a quick buck who know how to take advantage of troubled, emotional people.

One such person in Texas is suspected of exploiting potential parents by promising, in exchange for money, to fulfill their fondest wishes and then leaving them empty-handed in a most cruel and heartless manner.

Same birth mother

According to an indictment, this woman committed fraud on several prospective adoptive families by hooking them up with a birth mother. The same birth mother. One baby for several families. Sounds like something only King Solomon could untangle.

Not really. The authorities have seen the swindle before. It’s called double matching. And the perpetrator was good at it. She raked in all kinds of money and property before the law closed in on her.

As soon as she got her hands on the cash or other forms of payment the families turned over to her, she allegedly used lies and misrepresentations to get out of the contracts she signed.

For the scam to work in the con artist’s favor, fees and expenses would have to be paid up front.

Stocked home nurseries

Those charges were not the only losses the prospective parents suffered. Many of them incurred legal fees, bought airline tickets and reserved hotel rooms. At their homes, some of them prepared nurseries for the newborn and stocked the rooms with supplies such as diapers, wipes, cribs, clothing and more.

The woman also had a foster care license. When law enforcement began looking at her operation, they found that money intended for foster care was used for her mortgage payments and visits to the nail parlor.

That license has been lifted.

For the adoption scam, she could do heavy prison time and be slapped with a substantial fine. If the charges are true, any punishment would be well deserved. The harsher the better.

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