KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Missouri woman will spend 7 years behind bars after admitting to swindling 23 couples in an adoption scam, Fox 4 reports.
35-year-old Roxanne Janel Jones admitted to running a scam where she would pretend to be pregnant, contact adoption agencies and ask to be set up with couples looking to adopt.
Jones then would ask the couples to provide her with living expenses such as rent, according to Fox 4. She admitted in a guilty plea that she scammed 23 couples, from Missouri, Minnesota, Georgia, California, Tennessee and Massachusetts. She also admitted to scamming five adoption agencies.
Jones pled guilty to to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. She was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison.
29-year-old Taj A. Isaiah was also charged with assisting Jones in her scheme.
Isaiah reportedly would pretend to be Jones’ landlord, and would arrange wire transfers between Jones and the couples. He was sentenced to two years in prison.