Sunday, March 5, 2017

Investigative reports in Florida/Samantha and Cormac Keegan

The State of Florida is one of the states where you can order information in regards to an investigation, it is public information.  If you are interested in a certain case, I encourage you to do so.  It can be quite eye-opening.
It can show you how two people can't keep their stories straight, or how there is evidence laying around that can show one how these two people forge legal documentation,,which of course would make it illegal documentation.   The greatest part is the investigative records can now become part of an even bigger investigation.

Samantha and Cormac Keegan, the judge wants his stamp back.  :)

If you would like the record # or more info on what is in the record, email me at adoptionscams@gmail.com  I have a copy of it.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Using State or Federal medical funds to cover a surrogacy.


Great site to get some questions in regards to surrogacy, answered!

Yes, it is illegal to use ones state or federal medical to cover a surrogacy.  When one does this, think of all the other laws one breaks to legitimize the child born in surrogacy situation. 


http://infertilityanswers.typepad.com/surrogacy_101/2016/11/mistake-number-twelve-of-the-14-mistakes-not-to-make-as-a-surrogate-or-gestationa-carrier-thinking-t.html

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Karla Varga, sister Lucianna Lopez/Tucson AZ scam

Had to grab this article as a cache because the link broke trying to go to the Tucson newspaper for some reason.
This story gives one hope that when you are scammed by someone who is an expectant mom, and she has made an adoption plan, has the legal right to change her mind but chooses not too,,can be brought before the courts as a case of fraud because of her failure to do so and second charge of continuing to receive funds she is not entitled too.
This fraudster also enlisted her sister to act as her landlord.  There are ways to verify who owns the home one is paying rent for.  Think people need to figure that out before the pay.  Check property tax records is one way.

Will be interesting to see what her sentence is.  I also have a feeling, given her history of fraud, that she will be back at once she is released.








For a Boston couple longing to be parents, it was a devastating lie told again and again for a little over $6,000. 
For a Tucson police detective, it was a highly unusual request.
Adoption fraud was an area of the law Tucson Detective Jennifer Burns had never explored before, but she soon called back Cindy Cantrell and Jack McHugh to say yes. 
Cantrell hoped an investigation would ensure Karla Vargas and Vargas' twin sister would never subject another couple to the grief they endured. 
Vargas, a 35-year-old mother who has reportedly had 12 children and a long history of child welfare issues, admitted in a December plea hearing only that she lied about the amount of rent due, said her attorney, Michelle Bowen. Vargas declined an interview request.
But Cantrell and Burns say the deceit was deliberate and carried out from the beginning, when Cantrell and McHugh first signed the adoption contract in July 2015. They said Vargas never intended to give up the twins she was carrying that year, and only sought the contract to get money.
Like all birth mothers involved in adoption plans, Vargas could change her mind at any time during her pregnancy and for up to 72 hours after giving birth. 
But Vargas never told anyone involved she had changed her mind, Cantrell and Burns said. 
Instead, the detective found Vargas and her sister, Lucianna Lopez, tried to get more money from the couple after Vargas had given birth a month early and then kept it a secret. 
Lopez was also indicted on charges of fraud and forgery in the case but has not pleaded guilty, as Vargas has to the one count. Lopez's attorney, Richard Kingston, declined an interview request. 
Vargas could be ordered to spend up to 8.7 years in prison or up to five years on probation at her sentencing Tuesday before Pima County Superior Court Judge Casey McGinley.
The twins -- a boy and a girl -- are now just over a year old, their well-being and current caregivers not a matter of public record.
Cantrell and McHugh started training to be foster parents last fall, a final attempt to adopt the twins who were removed from their mother's care by Arizona's Department of Child Safety in May. But a short time after completing the initial steps, the Boston couple realized how complicated and prolonged that process would be, and have since entered into an adoption agreement for another baby.
While they are overjoyed to have another chance to become parents, Cantrell said it has taken a long time to recover from an experience she describes as  "psychologically violent."
BREAKER
When Cantrell contacted the Tucson Police Department a year ago, Detective Burns said it was the first time she'd heard of adoption fraud allegations in her 16 years with the department, including a decade working financial crimes. 
"The case started up quite a discussion," she said of her unit. "We were not familiar with the laws of adoption."
What motivated Burns to try to build a case were two things Cantrell had reported to police: Vargas kept the births a secret and then tried to get money after the babies were born while pretending to still be pregnant.   
Cantrell and McHugh first connected with Vargas through the California-based Adoption Network Law Center. They were told Vargas saw their profile online and chose them as adoptive parents. 
"We were thrilled when we were matched with Karla so quickly," Cantrell said, explaining they'd been through an interrupted adoption just a few months earlier. "It seemed like a fairy tale to us that she was due at Christmas."
The idea of raising twins made them pause for only a moment, she said. They were thrilled. 
"I thanked her again and again and again for choosing us," she said. "We felt so fortunate." 
As part of the contract, they agreed to provide monthly support through the Law Center. They also paid Oasis Adoption Services, Inc. of Tucson for its services for Vargas, and had their own provider back in Boston.
Vargas and Lopez set them up from the beginning, Burns said, by telling them Lucianna Lopez was Vargas' landlord and exaggerating by $100 per month the amount of the rent due. The couple did not know the sister "Lucy" they would later meet was the same person posing as Vargas' landlord, police records show.
In addition to rent, the couple also paid Vargas' monthly food bills, bought her maternity clothing, set aside money for counseling she might want and paid for her phone and bus passes. The total over those four to five months amounted to $6,014.95.
Looking back, Cantrell said there were warning signs right from the start. 
The first was that Vargas did not get in touch with anyone as promised after she found out the babies' genders.
She also told them her cell phone was going to be turned off, which was perplexing since Cantrell and her husband were paying the bill. And a couple of times they were asked to pay rent early because the landlord was "going on vacation." 
"It was always something, it was always something," Cantrell said. "I knew she'd had a tough life and it made me uncomfortable and sad, but I kept giving her the benefit of the doubt." 
Vargas also didn't seem interested in meeting the couple -- which Cantrell said they respected as her choice -- but then she suddenly changed her mind and had them come the weekend there was a pro football game in Phoenix. Cantrell said Vargas and her sister kept suggesting they all could go see the game -- they are both Dallas fans -- and were so focused on getting there that, to Cantrell, it seemed the reason they'd invited the couple out.
But there was also a tender moment that September weekend, when Vargas invited Cantrell along to an ultrasound appointment. Cantrell said when she saw the twins, she felt overcome with love and excitement.
"I thought, 'This is real. This is happening,' " she said. 
When the technician printed out the photos and asked who should take them, Cantrell said Vargas "snatched them away" and put them in her bag.
Cantrell tried to be understanding, but in hindsight sees that was another indication things weren't right.
"Those are her babies and those are her pictures and I respected that," she said. "I felt like she was feeling defensive and I felt terrible about that."



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    Communication after the Tucson visit became increasingly sporadic, Cantrell said. 
    Then, on Nov. 10, Cantrell's mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly, leaving them grief-stricken and distracted organizing services. 
    When they heard from Vargas again, she told them she had been out of touch because her son was in the hospital with pneumonia. Cantrell said they later learned the twins had been born on Nov. 15 and were in a neonatal intensive care unit for a couple of weeks. 
    Vargas, they would soon learn, had taken them home Nov. 30. 
    BREAKER
    Throughout late November, Cantrell and her husband were ready to fly to Tucson at a moment's notice. Vargas' sister suggested they plan to be there by Dec. 10 if nothing happened earlier, Cantrell said. 
    While Cantrell was busy preparing for the twins, she said her husband began to sense something wasn't right. 
    Vargas, unbeknownst to them, had changed her privacy setting on her medical records and so they were not seeing any of the developments, Cantrell said.  
    Based on the lack of communication and her husband's concerns, Cantrell sent a text to Vargas Nov. 29 and asked, "Is everything OK between us?"
    Vargas responded that everything was fine, Cantrell said.
    McHugh also exchanged text messages with Lopez the next day, on Nov. 30, explaining they'd been unable to get much feedback from Vargas and were wondering when they should fly out. A copy of the text exchange shows Lopez told them her sister's doctors thought the twins would arrive Dec. 14.
    Oasis Adoption was also trying to contact Vargas during this time, Cantrell said.
    Later that day, the couple received a conference call from the adoption agency and the California law center: Vargas, they were told, had given birth weeks earlier and told no one. 
    She'd been discharged from an area hospital that same day, they were told, but no one had been able to reach her yet.
    On Dec. 1, a text from Vargas' phone came through to the California law center handling the contract: rent was due and funds were needed as soon as possible.
    BREAKER
    A month later, in late January 2016, a grief-stricken Cantrell contacted the Tucson Police Department. She was afraid the sisters would target another couple in the future. 
    "I would then have played a part in whatever crimes she committed in the future and I couldn't be a part of that, a part of other people's suffering," she said.  
    Vargas had gone through with at least one adoption before, Cantrell said. 
    "That's where we gained our hope from, and that's where she learned the system," she said.
    Detective Burns could tell Cantrell was uneasy during their first conversation, and so she tried to put her mind to rest. The two spoke frequently in the months ahead. 
    Usually, the crimes Burns investigates are property crimes related to businesses or banks, situations where people are disappointed but not brokenhearted. 
    "She listened to me, she asked how I was doing," Cantrell said. "I expected our interactions to be very businesslike, but she reached out from a place of compassion and empathy."
    Cantrell said having the detective believe their story, and invest so much time in investigating it "has gone a long way toward helping me heal from trauma that is still difficult to describe."
    Catherine Braman, executive director with Oasis Adoption Services, declined to comment on Vargas' case specifically, but said she has heard of only  one other Arizona case in which a birth mother was prosecuted for fraud. 
    "There's a lot of safeguards in place," said Braman, who has operated her agency since 2000 and worked in adoption since 1996. "We work really hard to not let that happen."
    Kristin Yellin, chief legal counsel with the Adoption Network Law Center, said her organization provides legal oversight in adoption cases and financial protection if a birth mother changes her mind. 
    Yellin's organization,which is also considered a victim in the case, has reimbursed the Boston couple for the money they spent supporting Vargas. 
    "We have to let our clients know we may never know the whole truth about any particular individual," she said, explaining they do record checks on any birth mother seeking adoption for her child.  "If there are things like fraud or bad checks or drug issues in the past, yes, we will let them know."
    Vargas pleaded guilty to a class three felony for attempted fraud scheme and artifice, said Benjamin Mendola, a deputy Pima County Attorney. She is being held at Pima County Jail on a bond of $11,000. 
    Lopez has another hearing scheduled for her case at 9 a.m. on Jan. 24. It's unclear whether she'll take a plea at that time, Mendola said. 
    When Burns learned Cantrell and her husband were advancing toward adopting another child, she sent them gifts, all things her own children had enjoyed when they were young: a rattle, a special blanket and a Baby Einstein music player. 
    "It felt like a victory for them," she said. "I wanted a happy ending for her. I didn't want her to give up."
    The gifts from Burns were among the first presents they received for the adoption that's now underway, Cantrell said.
    "We looked at her note," she said, "and we both cried."
    Contact reporter Patty Machelor at pmachelor@tucson.com or 806-7754. On Twitter: @pattymachstar

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    Illegal birth certificates and Adoption, surrogacy, fraudulant Identity.How does this all work?

      Say an infertile couple, who uses a fraudulent identity,  wants a baby so they decide to do something similar to surrogacy. In fact they call it a surrogacy.  They find a married gal who is willing to get pregnant for them, but not with the help of a medical or surrogacy professional.  They decide instead to order an insemination kit online so they use his sperm and the new married friends uterus, therefore her egg  and quietly to the deed.  AND they also use an old surrogacy contract,,tweek it a bit to fit their needs, and call this act a surrogacy. Oh and throw in the fact that they live in a state where this kind of deed is actually called an identified adoption and does not recognize this type of surrogacy.

    Brings up some questions,,huh? I know I have some.

    1. Who's name goes on the baby's Original Birth Certificate? The married friend, right? She is after all the biological parent.  And then the male sperm donor, as he is bio too.

    2. Since you have identified the two bio parents, and if the bio dad's wife wants to be the LEGAL parent she must do a step parent adoption,,right?  So that means the bio mom needs to legally terminate her rights to the child.  How do they explain the conception of this baby to the court? Do they tell the truth? They probably will lie and state something like,,,sperm donor had an affair with the married friend.

    3. Now if they use false identification, and have documents stating they are someone else other then their true and legal selves, how do they file a petition for adoption?  DNA has proven he is the father, but on the Original Birth Certificate who's last name does he carry?  The fraudulent name? or the true legal name of the father? When this child gets older and the true identity of the sperm donor is found out, will the child have a legal birth certificate?  What will the child believe about his parents,,his bio parents? How much will he trust them?  Because if they lied from the beginning, what else are they lying to him about? All for very selfish reasons.

    4. In a legal surrogacy, funds can legally be given to the carrier of the baby.  If this act was not done legally, could they all be charged with child/human trafficking?  I think so.

    5. Another thought came to my mind.  What if they don't do a step parent adoption??? The bio dad could threaten the birthmom with child support if she ever said anything?  She may stand to loose a lot, especially if she has other children in the home. Uffda, what a wicked case of bribery  that could be.

    6. Who paid the medical bill for the birth of the baby? Or for the pregnancy?  Was it done legally? OR maybe bio mom was on state care and the people who paid taxes in the state of birth, paid for it.  Is that considered medical fraud of some kind? or welfare fraud???

    Oooh the web people weave!


    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Janet Posey/Mississippi sentenced for fraud!

    It has taken years and years for this to happen!  She has only been sentenced for one of her many scams.  In the past she has scammed in adoption, through her local charities, she played off as a victim of Katrina, as a surrogate, even did an illegal adoption and falsified the child's birth certificate! She was convicted and sentenced for setting up a "go fund me" account by pretending to be a family member of the young lady was killed.   It just goes to show you how low some people will go and how far they will go when they are constantly getting away with these scams.  She reminds me of Halaina Walsh, aka Samantha Keegan. 

    JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – A Union County woman is heading to prison after being convicted of scamming people following the death of 19-year-old Jessica Chambers. On Monday, Nov. 14, Janet Lee Posey, 41, of Blue Springs pled guilty to one count of false pretense. She was arrested in December 2014 after an investigation revealed she started an internet scam to raise money for the family of Chambers without their consent or knowledge. However, Attorney General Jim Hood says Posey never intended to give that money to the family but instead take it for her own personal use.                                  
    Chambers was found burned on Dec. 6, 2014, and later died at a Memphis hospital. Twenty-eight-year-old Quinton Tellis was charged with capital murder for the death. Following her guilty plea, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison with three of those years suspended, leaving seven years to serve. Union County Circuit Court Judge John A. Gregory also sentenced her to three years of post-release supervision and to pay $1,433 in court costs.

    http://www.wtva.com/news/Local_woman_convicted_of_scamming_people_following_Jessica_Chambers_death.html

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    Who is April Lusk, what kind of scams does she pull?

    First off THANK YOU
    Lauren Sausser
    Health Editor and Reporter
    The Post and Courier
    134 Columbus St.
    Charleston, SC 29403
    843-937-5598
    @laurenmsausser on Twitter

    For doing such an amazing job on the research of who is April Lusk, and telling the stories of the many who she has scammed.  To those who were scammed, I am so sorry! As I listened to your stories, ours replayed in my head.  The April Lusk's of the world have no clue, nor do they care, of the damage they leave behind.
    The link below will take you to Lauren's article and also there are 3 parts of a podcast to listen too.

    After listening to the podcast, I kept thinking "how can we stop her" and others like her?  One thought was to inundate her local police department, the Attorney General's office, her local prosecutor's office, with calls, facts and documentation.   But as you hear, she is not doing something that is deemed illegal, but what she IS doing is highly immoral and unethical, and she does it with no conscious, feels no empathy, it is well planned out, and she needs mental health therapy.  She pulls these scams and it seems she never looks back to access the damage, but keeps moving forward and on to the next.  What kind of person gets joy by playing the dying victim,,, a person who needs major mental health, and it is my prayer that her son has not been so damaged that he thinks his moms antics are ok.  I would also like to call out her roomie, Linda Hodges,,,,, Hello??????????? Linda, what the heck do you do,,,sit back and listen to April on the phone as she is playing with peoples lives???? Where do you go when people are knocking on the door???? How are you protecting the child in the house??? Who will decide when April has taken this all too far?? 


    http://data.postandcourier.com/saga/stealinghope/page/1
    http://data.postandcourier.com/saga/stealinghope/page/2
     http://data.postandcourier.com/saga/stealinghope/page/3
     http://data.postandcourier.com/saga/stealinghope/page/4


    Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    Nicole Eason, Calvin Eason, Wow 40 years each!


     This couple stepped into the adoption world thinking they could grab up children with out going through the proper channels. Once they did that, they raised HUGE red flags and even though it took almost 9 years, justice has been served.  I know there is more they should be charged with,,,waiting to see if they will...but I know for certain that these people will never be able to harm another child.  I pray for the children who came from trauma, were traumatized even more by this couple, and now are dealing with more then most of us ever have to in a life time.  My prayer is they may have some healing.  In God I Trust.


    Lynne

     

     

    Illinois Couple Sentenced for Multiple Kidnappings and Transporting Minor with Intent to Engage in Sexual Activity


    Nicole and Calvin Eason were sentenced today to each serve 40 years in prison for kidnapping and transporting a minor with intent to engage in sexual activity.
    Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney James A. Lewis of the Central District of Illinois and Special Agent in Charge Sean Cox of the FBI’s Springfield, Illinois, Division made the announcement.
    Nicole Eason, 37, and Calvin Eason, 47, both formerly of Danville and Westville, Illinois, were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid of the Central District of Illinois, who also ordered each to serve a lifetime term of supervised release.  On Dec. 18, 2015, a federal jury in Peoria, Illinois, found Nicole Eason guilty of two counts of kidnapping and one count of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with a minor.  On Nov. 6, 2015, Calvin Eason pleaded guilty to all three counts in the indictment.
    Evidence at trial established that in 2006 through 2008, the Easons sought to adopt through an informal process sometimes referred to as private “re-homing,” in which the legal adoptive family can no longer care for a child and transfers the child to another’s custody.  In 2007, the Easons communicated with a minor’s parents about rehoming and misrepresented material facts about their background to gain the parents’ trust, including, among other things, that they had a home study “waiver,” which was used to verify the Easons as fit caregivers.  Based on these misrepresentations, one of the minor’s parents transported the child across state lines in 2007 to live with the Easons.  The minor testified that while in the Easons’ custody for nearly a month, both Nicole and Calvin Eason repeatedly sexually and physically abused her.
    Evidence at trial also established that in 2008, the Easons kidnapped a second minor in the same manner, who was with them for a few days.  That child and a third identified minor victim testified that the Easons subjected the minors to inappropriate sexual behavior and “grooming” while in their custody.  All three minors also testified about the deplorable living conditions in the Eason home.
    The FBI’s Springfield Division investigated the case in cooperation with the Vermilion County, Illinois, Sheriff’s Department.  Senior Trial Attorney Jennifer Toritto Leonardo of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Elly Peirson of the Central District of Illinois prosecuted the case.
    This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/illinois-couple-sentenced-multiple-kidnappings-and-transporting-minor-intent-engage-sexual


     "Calvin and Nicole Eason, the courts of the United States can't protect all the children that need protecting but at least today, for now, this Court can protect them from each of you," he said.

    And when the two get out of prison, both of them face a lifetime of supervised release.

    http://www.pjstar.com/news/20160621/former-danville-woman-involved-in-rehoming-gets-40-years-for-kidnapping