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(KSL News) The owners of a Wellsville adoption agency, accused of tricking Samoan families into giving up their kids, want a gag order placed on prosecutors and agencies involved in the case.
Lawyers for Karen and Scott Banks say prosecutors' statements to the media about the case could taint the jury pool. They claim prosecutors have attacked the character of their clients, overstated the case against them and impacted their chance for an impartial jury. They say a gag order is the only way to ensure an unbiased jury, if the case goes to trial.
The Banks are accused of tricking parents in Samoa to give their children up for adoption in the U.S. and telling them the children would be returned when they turned 18.
The Banks are charged with visa fraud, conspiracy to commit alien smuggling and money laundering.
Seven people are charged with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.