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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Noted Surrogacy Lawyer Sentenced in Baby-Selling Scheme

Noted surrogacy lawyer Theresa Erickson sentenced for her role in baby-selling scheme
The New York Daily News by Nancy Dillon  -  February 24, 2012
Erickson cried during her sentencing
The internationally renowned surrogacy lawyer got five months in prison and nine months of home confinement for her role in a baby-selling scheme.  A renowned California lawyer and a surrogate mom each got hit with jail time Friday for their roles in a black market operation that sold unborn fetuses to prospective parents for upwards of $100,000.  Surrogacy attorney Theresa Erickson and repeat surrogate Carla Chambers had faced the possibility of five years behind bars, but both ultimately received just five months in federal custody along with subsequent stints of house arrest.  Prosecutors said the women promised candidates to be surrogate mothers up to $45,000 each to travel to the Ukraine and be implanted with fertilized embryos that would then be offered for sale during the third trimester.  The law requires prospective parents to reach surrogacy agreements with gestational carriers before embryo implantation.  Erickson pleaded guilty to wire fraud last year, and Chambers copped to knowingly receiving money from an illegal enterprise that raked in millions.  Former New York socialite Taylor Stein, the daughter of rock promoter Howard Stein, said last summer that she was on the verge of paying $180,000 for an infant supplied by the ring when the FBI suddenly came knocking.  The single mother said she agreed to help investigators when she learned the extent of the ring’s illegal methods.  Stein, who now lives in Los Angeles, said she fell victim to the scam because she desperately wanted to expand her family.  “I was raw,” she told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in August. “When you want a family, and your dreams are, you know, sort of dangling like a carrot, you just get caught up in emotion and you lose your judgment.”  She said she became almost “obsessed” with receiving a son promised by the ring and willfully held her suspicions at bay.  After wearing a wire to collect incriminating evidence, Stein, 45, went through the correct legal channels to adopt the same infant boy, now about a year old.  A Maryland lawyer who was last to join the conspiracy was slapped last December with five months in prison and seven months of house arrest. That defendant, Hilary Neiman, is now an inmate at a minimum-security prison in Kentucky.  Erickson, who must also pay a $70,000 fine, cried during her sentencing Friday in San Diego, Calif., and told the federal judge she “truly lost” her way.  “I want to personally tell you that I know I have done horribly wrong,” she said.  With News Wire Services  -


Anonymous said...

Another example of a lawyer getting off easy.

Kris Sergentakis said...

A normal citizen would have got 20 years.

An attorney with major money...5 months

Is this America?

NOW Apologist said...

Please have heart. That poor woman attorney wept at sentencing. Did you see the contrition in both women? Jail works only for men and non-lawyers. Women and women lawyers suffer internally and the external infliction of jail-time is cruel and unusual punishment for them to bear.

Anonymous said...

Her husband can fantasize about her enjoying the company of other women while in the big house. And then she can write a book about it and make a lot of money (good to have photos too!) I like the title: The big breasted Ex-felon Who Sells Babies.

Yankee said...

Am I understanding this correctly? "an illegal enterprise that raked in millions" ??????? and only 5 months in prison. Yank this judge off the bench!!!

Anonymous said...

This is just one more example of what's wrong with this country, the rat lawyers have taken over. Sent them all to Devils Island.

2ndCircuitRubberStamps said...

Most corrupt cities in the U.S.

New York city and the Eastern District.

which includes Suffolk County!!

surprise surprise... not!!

Justify said...

Researchers used data from the U.S. Justice Department to compile a list of areas with the most public corruption convictions between 1976 to 2010.

Now add to it the ones who haven't been convicted .

We should have an army of Feds in NY..

and what do we have?

nothing, nadda, zip, zilch...

Anonymous said...

Where's Nancy Grace when you need her?

Maybe she should drop one of her "bomb shells" right here in NY?

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