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Another arrest made in adoption scam

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:20am

Another person was put behind bars last week for an adoption scam that left three families victimized.  This time, authorities arrested the boyfriend of the woman who schemed families out of thousands of dollars for a fake adoption.

Heather Hill and Joshua Wright are accused of scamming the families of more than $30,000 for an adoption that was never going to happen because Hill had an abortion.

In August 2010, Wright drove Hill to an abortion clinic according to the Bossier Sheriff's Department.  An investigation determined that Wright paid for the abortion and knew "what was going on the whole time," said Bill Davis, spokesman for the Bossier Sheriff's Department.

The couple continued the adoption process with families in Denham Springs, La. and Kentucky despite the abortion.  It was not the first time they had tried it.

Authorities say a third victim in Roanoke, VA had previously visited and seen another baby prior to this situation.  In that case, when the adoption process came forward, Hill had adopted the baby to another agency, authorities said.

That incident left the victim out $27,000 she had paid to an adoption agency, but only $12,000 of that has been returned.

"It's incomprehensible, hard to understand why a couple of folks would do this to other families who are trying to adopt a child and give it a home," said Davis.  "That's where the case gets really bizarre to us."

Hill and Wright both remain in jail and authorities say more charges could be added to the long list of felonies.

Hill and Wright are both charged with felony theft, racketeering, money laundering and extortion.  Wright faces an additional charge of providing a false statement concerning paternity for falsifying a paternity statement in the adoption process.

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