Okla. woman sentenced to 5 years for adoption scam

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma City woman is to serve five years in federal prison for running an adoption scam in which she posed as an expectant mother.

U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats says 40-year-old Shelly Renee Henson was sentenced on a mail fraud charge Monday by U.S. District Judge Stephen Frilot. She is also to serve three years of probation upon her release and pay restitution of $49,000.

Prosecutors say Henson tricked parents who wanted to adopt by sending fake medical information and accepting money for living expenses that included rent, utilities and other items.

Henson was accused of going through adoption agencies and law firms to find prospective parents.

She was indicted in August on 18 fraud counts and pleaded guilty to a single count in January.

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