Thursday, August 07, 2014

U.S. Adoption Executive Pleads Guilty to Ethiopia Scam

(Aug 07, 2014, (Carolina))--A former executive with a U.S.-based international adoption agency which sought to connect American families with Ethiopian children has admitted fraud, a U.S. Justice Department statement said Wednesday.

Alisa Bivens, the former foreign program director of International Adoption Guides Inc. (IAG), an adoption agency in North and South Carolina, pleaded guilty to bribing foreign officials and submitting fraudulent documents to the U.S. State Department regarding adoptions from Ethiopia.

Bivens, 42, and other co-conspirators, filed false documentation including contracts of adoption signed by orphanages in Ethiopia even though some of the children had never stayed in nor been cared for by the orphanages involved.

Bivens also admitted bribing two Ethiopian officials in order to secure their assistance in facilitating the fraudulent adoptions. Read more from Naharnet »

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