HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. - They were hoping to become parents by adopting twins, but instead authorities believe a Hopkinsville couple fell victim to an adoption scam.
The Christian County Commonwealth's Attorney said the couple did everything right for a private adoption, knowing one of their risks is that a birth mother can end up wanting to keep the child. However, authorities say in this case, the woman was never pregnant.
It's not a case Commonwealth's Attorney Lynn Pryor sees often.
"I think this may be on of the more heartless, evil schemes," said Pryor.
It's one that stands out after she said 22-year old Sara Pavey pretended to be pregnant with twin girls and made contact with a Christian County couple who wanted to adopt.
"She went through great lengths to show she was going to doctors, even sending photos copied from google images," said Pryor.
Pryor said Janet and Matt Wyatt took proper procedures for a private adoption, and in the end paid more than $10,000 to Pavey.
"I don't want anyone to believe that they were foolish," said Pryor. "They weren't; they hired attorneys to do things properly."
Attorneys like Greg Smith who said unfortunately adoption scams are more common than you'd think.
"A lot of people have adoptions that have been longing for it for so long, they're ripe for a con-artist to take advantage of," said Smith.
It's why he recommends soon to be adoptive parents try to be as hands on as possible throughout the pregnancy.
"Let them go to an ultrasound with them, not only do you get to see the baby moving, but if it's fraud, it's hard to hide it," said Smith.
While the advice comes too late for the Wyatts, they're taking steps to keep this from happening to anyone else.
"It breaks my heart that a family that wanted to have children so badly face the reality that they're not going to have two babies they so eagerly anticipated," said Pryor.
At this time, it does not appear Pavey is in police custody yet. Her last known address is in Virginia.
She has been indicted on a charge of theft by deception of more than $10,000 and a charge of persistent felony offender.