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Archive for Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Couple charged in quintuplet hoax

January 30, 2008

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— When investigators went to Nancy Cantu's mobile home Friday, they saw donated baby clothes and packages of diapers.

What they didn't see was a woman who was eight months pregnant with five babies.

Folks in Beaufort County had become increasingly suspicious of Cantu and her boyfriend, who spoke little English but inspired strangers to reach out to them.

"I had the investigator look her eyeball to eyeball and ask her, 'Why did you do this?"' Sheriff P.J. Tanner said. "And she said, 'I don't know."'

Tanner was prepared to get a court order forcing Cantu to have an ultrasound, but he didn't have to. She agreed after speaking with a bilingual officer, Tanner said.

The test revealed that Cantu, 37, wasn't pregnant at all.

Cantu and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Juan Salvador-Solis, were charged Monday with obtaining goods under false pretenses, a felony that carries a sentence of up to five years.

The two remained in jail late Tuesday.

Prosecutors said they are flight risks, and investigators are checking their immigration status.

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