Chrystal Rippey conned people into believing she was pregnant and excepted meals and gifts based on that con,,,yep, even going out to dinner with the ones she was conning, got her indicted for fraud.
Recently this has happened in other cases, and other con artist, but those people are having a hard time getting their local LE or State Prosecutors to bring charges against the individual. As far as I can see, it has nothing to do with state statues or like in this case, the state of Missouri's State codes. It is my belief that in cases such as these,,,,,,,,,,,"the greasy wheel gets greased".
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A woman accused of pretending to be pregnant to
scam prospective adoptive parents in Kansas and elsewhere has notified
the court she intends to change her plea.
A court notation Tuesday shows 34-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of
Marshall, Texas, is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing Sept. 17
before a federal magistrate judge in Kansas City, Kansas.
Rippey was indicted in February on federal charges of mail and wire fraud.
Defense attorney Thomas Bartee did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
Prosecutors allege Rippey contacted adoption agencies and
individuals, pretending she was pregnant and seeking to give up her
unborn child for adoption. The indictment contends prospective parents
bought her meals and gifts, believing she was willing to let them adopt
her baby after birth.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A woman who pretended to be pregnant to scam
prospective adoptive parents in Kansas and elsewhere has reached a deal
with prosecutors for a 33-month prison sentence.
Thirty-four-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas,
pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire fraud in federal court in
Kansas City, Kansas.
In her plea agreement, she admits to scamming four families in 2011
and 2012, including couples from Shawnee and Overland Park, Kansas. She
gave a Delaware couple a sonogram image of another woman’s pregnancy
with twins taken off the Internet.
Rippey contacted adoption agencies and individuals, pretending she
was pregnant and seeking to give up her unborn child for adoption.
Prospective parents paid her living expenses and bought her meals and
A sentencing date has not been set.
A Texas woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to defrauding four families
who wanted to adopt children, according to a press release from
attorney Barry Grissom’s office.
Chrystal Marie Rippey, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.
In her plea, she admitted she devised a scheme in which she pretended
to be pregnant.
Rippey contacted adoption agencies and individuals who wanted to
adopt and said she was willing to give up her unborn children for
adoption. She asked the agencies and families for money for rent,
utilities, food and living expenses.
A Delaware couple moved Rippey into their home for a month. They took
her on a two-week vacation on the beach and paid for her living
expenses, new clothes, a cell phone and food. Rippey gave the couple a
sonogram she claimed showed her pregnancy with twins, when she actually
obtained the image from the internet. She then broke off contact with
The second couple was from Shawnee. They put more than $22,000 in an
escrow account to pay for her living expenses. She told them false
stories about her trouble with Child Protective Services and a fire that
burned down the home of the birth father in order to get the couple to
give her more money. Then she stopped speaking to them.
Working with an adoption agency in Overland Park, Rippey contacted
another couple, who began providing support for her. They were shocked
when they went to California to meet her and saw she didn’t appear to be
The final couple ran up expenses for fees to an adoption agency in
Texas, as well as travel expenses in hopes of adopting twins from
Rippey. She claimed she had a son in the hospital and she hadn’t eaten
ind ays in order to get money from the couple. They refused her request
because the adoption agency told them not to give her any money until
she completed adoption paperwork.
Sentencing will be set for a later date. Both parties have agreed to
recommend a sentence of 33 months, followed by three years supervised