Suspects in adoption fraud case expected to plead guilty

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(KSL News) Guilty pleas are expected in the case of an adoption agency accused of duping Samoan parents into placing their children for adoption.

The former operators and employees of the Focus on Children agency are expected to enter into a plea deal with prosecutors, possibly reducing the charges against them.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the defendants are charged with conspiracy, fraud and immigration violations. They are accused of telling parents in Samoa that their children would be returned to them after being educated in the United States and then putting them up for permanent adoption.

The defendants were also accused of lying to adoptive parents, saying the children were orphans or their families were unable to care for them.

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