Muskogee woman indicted for fraud over adoption
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) An Oklahoma woman is named in a 23-count federal indictment that accuses her of bilking adoption agencies and families out of money after falsely claiming to be pregnant and seeking a home for the baby.
The indictment handed up Wednesday alleges Devanna Deamber Dotson of Muskogee accepted more than $3,000 in 22 wired transactions and one mailed check from people in six different states.
The indictment also states that Dotson used a batch of fake names, including Amber Bradley, Brandi Marie Smith and Amanda Welch to pull off the alleged fraud.
Prosecutors say she received payments ranging from as much as $442 to as little as $10. The money came from people or agencies in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
It was unclear whether she has a lawyer.
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