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Victims Of Alleged Adoption Scam Speak Out

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An alleged adoption scam put a mid-state woman on Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's most wanted list. The woman is now behind bars, but NewsChannel 5 has learned new information about her alleged victims.

Sandra and David Lapham of Cleveland, Tennessee, said they were in the process of adopting Tiffany Jordan-Johnson's baby when they began to see red flags. After four failed adoptions, including the one involving Jordan-Johnson, the Laphams were able to adopt a boy in August in a private adoption.

TBI also listed New Beginnings Adoption agency, with offices in Mississippi and Nashville, as another potential victim in this investigation.

New Beginnings President Tom Veile said they don't see scams like this often, he said it's hurtful to those who are genuinely involved in the process.

"The birth mothers who really are legitimate are the ones who suffer when someone like this takes advantage," said Veile.

TBI said Jordan-Johnson convinced at least seven different families and/or adoption agencies that they could adopt her unborn child. Investigators said she received payments for living expenses, while living rent free.

She remains jailed on a $105,000 bond for multiple charges including felony counts of illegal payments in connection with the placement of a child, theft forgery and attempted forgery.

Investigators are still trying to determine if the baby she had with her when she was arrested is the baby she gave birth to earlier this year and the baby she said would be up for adoption.


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