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Russian emigre charged in alleged adoption scheme

Russian emigre charged in alleged adoption scheme

Sandra Chapman/Eyewitness News
Indianapolis, February 14

A local Russian emigrant known for her international connections to Olympic medalist Olga Korbut is now under federal indictment. Forty-two-year-old Victoria Farahan of Carmel is accused of taking more than $97,000 from couples in a failed adoption program.

Tim Morrison with the U.S. Attorney's Office explains. "She representedherself as one who had connections with international adoption agencies and that's how she put the scheme out."

The FBI says six unsuspecting church couples took Victoria Farahan ather word. She promised to place orphaned Russian children in their homesfor a fee. Morrison says they lost substantial amounts money. "Five of them were(out) $15,000. One of the couples was supposedly adopting twins and theypaid $22,500."....

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