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Adoption Scam: IN Woman Sentenced

Updated: Oct 5, 2006 11:25 AM PDT

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

A 42-year-old Carmel, Indiana woman, convicted of bilking couples out of nearly $100,000 in an adoption scam, has been sentenced to two years on electronically monitored home detention.

Victoria Farahan also was sentenced to five years probation as part of a plea agreement on charges of mail and wire fraud.

The Russian native pleaded guilty in June, as part of a deal with the US attorney's office.

Authorities say Farahan told couples that she worked with an international agency and could use her Russian contacts to help them adopt children from that country.

Authorities say couples gave her money but no adoptions were ever completed.

Federal Judge Larry McKinney says Farahan already has repaid more than $97,000....

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