[Stop-traffic] News/US: Attorney sentenced in adoption scam

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Subject: [Stop-traffic] News/US: Attorney sentenced in adoption scam
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Nov 21 2000 - 10:46:28 EST

Attorney sentenced in adoption scam
By Richard Marosi
Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2000

A Villa Park adoption attorney who pleaded guilty to immigration fraud
charges stemming from her role in an international baby-bartering scheme
was sentenced on Monday to an 18-month federal prison term.

Janice J. Doezie, who had hoped to be sentenced to home confinement,
her head in her arms and began weeping as U.S. District Judge Alicemarie
Stotler issued her ruling. Stotler said Doezie could have acted the
way" as a lawyer, but instead obstructed justice and abused the public

"She must and she will face punishment," Stotler said.

Doezie, 50, was accused of playing a key role in a scheme to bring into
United States pregnant Hungarian women whose babies would eventually be
sold to well-to-do California couples. The women typically entered the
country through Canada. Babies were also smuggled over the border to
facilitate the illegal adoptions, authorities said.

Two suspected co-conspirators in the case have never been brought to
A Canadian attorney remains a fugitive, and charges were dropped against
Irvine woman accused of masterminding the ring that allegedly smuggled
many as 30 pregnant women into the country.

Prosecutors said Doezie conspired to bring in 13 birth mothers or
during an 18-month period from 1994 to 1996. Doezie helped recruit the
women, offering them $1,000 to $12,000 per child, they said.

Doezie said she only wanted to help people mired in difficult
The Hungarian mothers, she said, were poor and wanted their babies to
better lives. And the American couples desperately wanted the babies,

"I did it the wrong way, but I did it for the right reasons," Doezie
after the hearing in Santa Ana.

Melanie Orhant
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