• Florida woman allegedly faked pregnancy, tricked adoption agency for money

    By: Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post


    BRADENTON, Fla. - A Florida woman previously convicted of prostitution allegedly used an adoption center to gain financial support for months until she encountered one bump along the way: There was no baby. 

    In October, Rebecca Freeman, 41, of Bradenton, told the Family Creations adoption center that she was pregnant and that she wanted to put her baby up for adoption, according to the Bradenton Herald. She provided them with a urine sample, which tested positive, and they asked that she get an ultrasound, the Herald reported.

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    Over five months, Freeman received checks from the agency for her rent, health and comfort care items, the Herald reported. 

    However, as time passed, Freeman failed to get an ultrasound, which alarmed the agency, according to the Herald. 

    The center then discovered Freeman was arrested March 2.

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    Her medical intake from the jail noted that she was last pregnant in 2014, got her period two weeks prior to her arrest and the pregnancy urine test was negative, the Herald reported. 

    Freeman was charged with adoption fraud on Thursday. She was already on probation after being convicted of grand theft, fraudulent use of credit cards and uttering a forged instrument.

    Read more at the Bradenton Herald.

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