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US Hits Uganda Adoption Ring with Criminal Charges, Sanctions

US Hits Uganda Adoption Ring with Criminal Charges, Sanctions

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US Department of Justice has filed money-laundering and fraud charges against two Americans and a Ugandan lawyer for running a fake adoption ring with Ugandan children who were not orphans The US government filed criminal charges and economic sanctions Monday against an adoption ring that placed Ugandan children who were not orphans with families in the United States. The US Justice department filed multiple fraud and money laundering charges against two Americans, Margaret Cole and Debra Parris, and a Ugandan lawyer, Dorah Mirembe, for conspiring to corruptly procure the children and transfer them to American adoptive parents, making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. Mirembe's law firm allegedly "manipulated" the parents of "vulnerable families" in the Ugandan cou...