The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 30, 2012

Mo. woman sentenced to 7 years in adoption scam

From The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A Missouri woman who lied about being pregnant with twins has been sentenced to slightly more than seven years for scamming 14 prospective adoptive couples in Kansas and other states.

Thirty-five-year-old Roxanne Janel Jones, of Kansas City, Mo., was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan. She pleaded guilty last year to two federal charges in the scheme.

Co-defendant Taj Isaiah, a 29-year-old man from Kansas City, Mo., received a two-year sentence Monday. Isaiah pleaded guilty last year to a single charge for helping in the swindle.

Jones admitted contacting adoption agencies saying she was pregnant with twins and wanted to meet prospective adoptive couples. Once in contact, she asked the couples for money for rent and other expenses, which many of the couples helped pay.