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Adoption Fraud Scheme Involved 80 Children

Adoption Fraud Scheme Involved 80 Children



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(KSL News) On Thursday we told you about allegations of adoption fraud against a Wellsville adoption agency. Now, Utah's Department of Human Services is moving to revoke the license of "Focus on Children."

The agency is accused of duping Samoan families into giving up their children to adoptive parents in the U.S. The agency also lied to prospective parents here, saying the kids' real families couldn't care for them anymore.

Adoption Fraud Scheme Involved 80 Children

According to a federal indictment, the adoption fraud scheme involved 80 children.

U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman issued a statement that reads in part:

"The U.S. Attorney's Office has no interest in taking children away from adoptive parents. We are interested, where appropriate, in encouraging a dialogue between birth and adoptive parents. Our interest in this case is in stopping the alleged fraudulent conduct of Focus on Children in connection with these Samoan adoptions from reaching other families."

Prosecutors have charged seven people in this case. Dan Wakefield, one of the defendants, will have his first court appearance on Monday.

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