Indiana Woman Charged in Profiting from Adoption
Gary women faces fifteen felonies and 16 misdemeanors after criminal investigation
Lake County (December 19, 2012) First Sergeant Jeffery Matson, District Investigation Commander for the Indiana State Police Toll Road, charged Lynn M. Ellis (aka Lynn Smith), 42 of Gary with fifteen felonies and 16 misdemeanors after a criminal investigation discovered she was operating an unauthorized adoption facilitation web sites.
In January 2011, a criminal investigation began after receiving information that Ellis was advertising adoption services on the internet. Two web-sites, Tinkerbell Adoption Referral and The Pregnancy Choices were run by Ellis offering services for the facilitation of adopting children. Individuals (throughout the United States) seeking adoption would pay a fee believing they were beginning the process of being paired with an adoptive mother. No adoption was ever concluded from these transactions.
Further investigation revealed that Ellis is not a licensed Adoption Facilitator with the State of Indiana or her web-sites. Indiana State Law doesn’t allow a person to facilitate or be involved in adoption without being licensed.
Ø Lynn M. Ellis (aka Lynn Smith), 42 of Gary, Indiana
1. One Count of Profiting from Adoption, Class D Felony
2. Fourteen Counts of Fraud, Class D felony
3. Fourteen Counts of Unauthorized Adoption Facilitation, Class A Misdemeanor
4. Two Counts of Unauthorized Adoption Advertising, Class A Misdemeanor