Johnson City Press: SW Virginia woman pleads guilty in adoption fraud case

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SW Virginia woman pleads guilty in adoption fraud case

MIKE STILL, Kingsport Times News • Jun 27, 2019 at 9:07 AM

GATE CITY, Va. — A Nickelsville woman charged with defrauding a California couple in a 2018 adoption arrangement pleaded guilty to eight felonies and a misdemeanor Wednesday in Scott County Circuit Court.

Local television news crews and a camera and production crew from “Inside Edition” manned the Scott County Courthouse steps while they waited for a glimpse of 34-year-old defendant Elizabeth Ann Jones.

A 32-member jury pool had assembled before 9 a.m. and waited until just before 11 as prosecution and defense attorneys met in chambers with Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hamilton to work out final details of the plea agreement. Hamilton then sent the pool out of the courtroom before quizzing Jones about her understanding of and agreement with the terms of her plea.

Jones showed little reaction as Hamilton sentenced her to two years in prison and eight years suspended for her scheme to commit fraud against Orange County couple Matt and Laura Trayte. More about the case from the Kingsport Times News.

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“Guarding our hearts” – Couple stress need for caution in online adoptions after Jones case

GATE CITY — Matt and Laura Trayte say they still hope to find an adoptive sibling for their 7-year-old son despite their experience with Elizabeth Ann Jones. Read more from the Kingsport Times News.


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