By Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A woman accused of pretending to be pregnant to scam prospective adoptive parents in Kansas and elsewhere is expected to return to court next week.

A court notation Thursday shows Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, is scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing May 1 in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil rejected in January an earlier plea deal in which the parties agreed to a binding 48-month sentence.

Rippey was indicted in February 2014 on charges of mail and wire fraud.

Prosecutors allege Rippey contacted adoption agencies and individuals, pretending she was pregnant and seeking to give up her unborn child for adoption. The indictment contends prospective parents bought her meals and gifts, believing she was willing to let them adopt her baby after birth.

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