US: 3 INDIVIDUALS CHARGED WITH ARRANGING ADOPTIONS FROM UGANDA AND POLAND THROUGH BRIBERY AND FRAUD

A news release from the US DoJ on 17 August advised that 3 women have been charged in Ohio for their alleged roles in schemes to corruptly and fraudulently procure adoptions of Ugandan and Polish children through bribing Ugandan officials and defrauding US adoptive parents, US authorities, and a Polish regulatory authority.  OFAC has also placed Global Magnitsky sanctions on Ugandans said to be involved.  The 3 charges are Margaret Cole, 73, of Ohio; Debra Parris, 68, of Texas; and Dorah Mirembe, 41, of Kampala, Uganda. With respect to the Uganda scheme, the indictment alleges that Parris and Mirembe, together with others, engaged in a scheme to pay bribes to Ugandan officials to corruptly procure the adoption of Ugandan children by families in the US, including the adoption of children who were not properly determined to be orphaned and who had to be ultimately returned to their birth parents.

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-individuals-charged-arranging-adoptions-uganda-and-poland-through-bribery-and-fraud

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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