KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, woman who pleaded guilty to running an adoption scam in which she pretended to be pregnant will be spending the next seven years behind bars.
Roxanne Janel Jones, 35, was sentenced to seven years and three months in federal prison on Monday after she pleaded guilty to to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
In her plea, Jones admitted she contacted adoption agencies, claimed to be pregnant and sought to meet couples who wanted to adopt. Jones asked the couples for money for rent and other living expenses.
On Monday, Jones admitted she swindled 23 couples. The couples were from Bonner Springs, Overland Park, Florence, Olathe, Shawnee and Leavenworth, as well as Minnesota, Georgia, California, Tennessee and Massachusetts. She also admitted swindling five adoption agencies.
Jones’ co-defendant, Taj A. Isaiah, 29, Kansas City, Mo., sometimes assisted her by pretending to be her landlord. He picked up money orders and wire transfers from prospective adoptive families and he made false statements to the couples.
Isaiah was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday for his role in the scheme.