Former Executive Director of International Adoption Agency Pleads Guilty to Fraudulent Adoption Scheme
The former executive director of an Ohio-based international adoption agency pleaded guilty today in the Northern District of Ohio to defrauding the U.S. and Polish authorities in connection with the adoption of a Polish child.
WASHINGTON (7News) — Margaret Cole, the former owner of European Adoption Consultants, pled guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of making a false statement to the Polish Central authority in front of Federal Court Judge James Gwin in a zoom hearing 7News attended in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio.
The 74-year-old woman, who told the court she suffered from PTSD, high blood pressure, and vertigo, accepted a plea deal from the U.S. Department of Justice that she had previously turned down in January.
Read about the court’s decision from the Department of Justice here.
Video recording of the zoom hearing was not allowed in Federal court.
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