Michigan adoption fraudster sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Adam Belz-Thomas, left, and husband Kyle Belz-Thomas, of Romeo, Mich., speak to reporters outside U.S. District Court in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. They were among the victims of Tara Lee, a suburban Detroit woman who was sentenced to 121 months in prison for committing fraud in arranging adoptions. (AP Photo/Ed White)

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan woman who ripped off dozens of couples seeking to adopt children while spending their money on luxuries has been sentenced to slightly more than 10 years in prison.

Detroit federal Judge Bernard Friedman described Tara Lee as “evil” and said she deserved a life sentence, but he couldn’t give her one.

Friedman was outraged after listening to hours of emotional remarks by victims who described how Lee promised to help them adopt babies.

But instead of making families, they were devastated as adoptions failed. Lee admitted she committed fraud.

In many cases, birth mothers didn’t exist. 

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