OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City woman has been sentenced in federal court, accused of running an elaborate adoption scam.
Shelly Renee Henson, 40, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison for mail fraud related to that adoption scam.
She was also ordered to pay $49,361.47 in restitution to the victims.
According to court filings and information from the plea and sentencing hearings, between July 2008 and June 2011, Henson defrauded at least five adoption agencies and law firms and several prospective adoptive parents throughout the United States, including Florida, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Henson would falsely pose as an expectant mother and then approach the adoption agencies and law firms claiming she wanted to place her purported unborn child for adoption.
One of those agencies was Heritage Family Services, Inc. in Tulsa.