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Man pleads guilty to his part in adoption scam

November 16, 2011

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— A Kansas City man has admitted that he took part in an adoption scam that affected 13 couples across the country.

Twenty-nine-year-old Taj A. Isaiah pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

He admitted that he pretended be the boyfriend, husband or landlord of 35-year-old Roxanne Janel Jones, of Kansas City.

Prosecutors say Jones claimed to be pregnant with twins and met couples who wanted to adopt. She asked for money for rent and other living expenses

Jones is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Prosecutors say the swindled couples were from Olathe, Shawnee and Leavenworth in Kansas, as well as Minnesota, Georgia, California and Tennessee.

Isaiah's sentencing is March 12.

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