- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A Texas woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison for defrauding a Kansas couple in an adoption scheme.

Thirty-five-year-old Chrystal Marie Rippey, of Marshall, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday for two counts of wire fraud.

Federal prosecutors say Rippey admitted that she took $22,225 from a Shawnee, Kansas, couple who believed she was pregnant with twins and who wanted to adopt the children.

The money was intended to pay for Rippey’s living expenses.

Prosecutors say the transactions were based on Rippey’s false statements that she was pregnant and wanted to put her twins up for adoption.

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