"A California lawyer who specializes in reproductive law is the latest of three women to plead guilty for taking part in what federal prosecutors called a "baby-selling ring" that charged a dozen couples more than $100,000 to adopt babies born from surrogate pregnancies." Here is a link to the article.
Here is a more recent article, in which all three participants have pleaded guilty. "Erickson, who prosecutors believe profited about $70,000 through the scheme, will pay each of the 12 couples $10,000 in restitution and up to $250,000 in fines to the government. She faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 28."
I think it's interesting the articles discuss "a dozen couples". If you look online, there are ads from 2009 from/about these lawyers. I understand the legality of speaking to the twelve couples, but the reality is, it is very likely a much higher number. The most heart-wrenching part is thinking of these children, the real victims of this case.
It is. It's just amazing that these two lawyers were well-known in their field, so blindly trusted, and so wildly corrupt. Apparently the scheme started in 2005. This article says of Erickson,
"About 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Erickson posted a comment on Facebook asking the public not to pass judgment on her.
I find the use of "some" in the above phrase very odd. She has since removed her entire Facebook page.