Meg and Bob welcomed to our lives and hearts Tobias Jai, born 29 June 2010, New Delhi India. On 25 June, 2012 our daughter Mishali was born - we are doubly blessed. Our eternal gratitude to our surrogates Rani and Mrs M. We had tried with two international donors, and two clinics before achieving success with the birth of our son Toby in 2010.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Surrogacy fraud in USA
... and people are suspicious of Indian clinics? I've never seen nor heard of a story like this coming out of India! This was one of the biggest agencies in USA.
MODESTO -- A woman who ran a Modesto surrogacy agency has pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud after bilking would-be parents out of millions of dollars, authorities said. Tonya Ann Collins, 37, pleaded guilty in federal court in Fresno, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
She could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced in May.
Court documents show that from November 2006 through March 2009, Collins carried out a scheme to defraud prospective parents, surrogates and banks through her company, Surrogenesis, and the associated Michael Charles Independent Financial Holding Group.
According to the plea agreement, Collins used the Surrogenesis and Michael Charles accounts for unauthorized personal purchases that included automobiles, homes, jewelry, clothing, and vacations for herself and others, without the clients’ knowledge or consent. Collins used client trust funds in the Michael Charles accounts to directly pay for her personal purchases and also transferred client funds from the Michael Charles accounts to other bank accounts that she controlled before spending the funds. As a result of Collins’ conduct, Surrogenesis and Michael Charles clients, surrogates, and financial institutions suffered losses of more than $2 million.
Collins is scheduled for sentencing May 13 in Fresno.
We’ll have more on this story later today
Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2013/02/19/2584838/former-modesto-surrogacy-agency.html#storylink=cpy
MCT - Tonya Collins, owner of SurroGenesis, a California-based company that connected would-be parents with surrogates and egg donors, works at her office with her adopted daughter Siobhan. (Courtesy Jack Kiserow/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)We’ll have more on this story later today.
Read more here: http://www.modbee.com/2013/02/19/2584838/former-modesto-surrogacy-agency.html#storylink=cpy\