Woman who pretended she was pregnant pleads guilty to defrauding prospective adoptive parents

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas — A woman who pretended to be pregnant has admitted defrauding prospective adoptive parents in Kansas and elsewhere.

Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas.

This time the 35-year-old woman entered her guilty plea without a deal in place with prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil rejected in January an earlier deal in which the parties agreed to a binding 48-month sentence.

Rippey was indicted in February 2014 on mail and wire fraud charges.

Prosecutors allege Rippey contacted adoption agencies and individuals, pretending she was pregnant and seeking to give up her unborn child for adoption. The indictment contends prospective parents bought her meals and gifts, believing she was willing to let them adopt her baby after birth.

Sentencing is May 26.

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