- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The owner of a company that united would-be parents with egg donors and surrogate mothers has pleaded guilty to fraud.

Federal prosecutors say Allison Layton of Star, Idaho entered the wire fraud plea on Thursday in Los Angeles. She’s facing up to 20 years in prison.

Layton owned Miracles Egg Donation in suburban Glendora. Authorities say between 2008 and 2012 she took money from intended parents to pay for certain costs related to surrogacy and egg donation but instead spend it on herself or to cover unpaid costs for other clients.

More than 40 people, including egg donors, surrogates and intended parents, lost more than $270,000.


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