Texas woman admits scamming adoptive parents in Kansas, elsewhere by pretending to be pregnant

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas — A woman who pretended to be pregnant to scam prospective adoptive parents in Kansas and elsewhere has reached a deal with prosecutors for a 33-month prison sentence.

Thirty-four-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of wire fraud in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas.

In her plea agreement, she admits to scamming four families in 2011 and 2012, including couples from Shawnee and Overland Park, Kansas. She gave a Delaware couple a sonogram image of another woman's pregnancy with twins taken off the Internet.

Rippey contacted adoption agencies and individuals, pretending she was pregnant and seeking to give up her unborn child for adoption. Prospective parents paid her living expenses and bought her meals and gifts.

A sentencing date has not been set.

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