Woman charged with forging birth mother records in adoption scheme

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 3, 2014)–  Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced today that charges have been filed against a woman accused of forging documents in an effort to take financial advantage of at least one Indianapolis couple seeking to adopt a newborn infant.

Michelle Greenberg is charged with three counts of forgery, a class “C” felony, and one count of obstruction of justice a class “D” felony.

According to documents filed in the case, in 2011 one prospective adoptive couple was charged a $13,000 fee for an adoption that never occurred. Greenberg is believed to have received $5,000 of the fee.

“Ms. Greenberg is accused of preying on a couple who wished for an opportunity to start a family through adoption,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry stated. “We believe there may be other prospective adoptive parents and pregnant women who have been deceived in a similar fashion. We hope that in hearing this story they will come forward and report the incident to authorities.”

The probable cause affidavit alleged that the prospective adoptive parents identified in this case waited through a series of cancelled meetings with the birth mother, were notified of the birth, and then were informed that the birth mother had decided to keep the baby. They said they were never presented with an opportunity to meet with the birth mother and therefore uncertain that she ever actually existed. In 2014 Greenberg provided investigators with contact information for a woman she claimed had been the birth mother. However, when that woman was interviewed by investigators, she said she had only recently met Greenberg. The woman further stated that Greenberg had offered her money to falsely present herself as the birth mother from 2011.

Anyone with information regarding other potential victims should contact Indiana State Police Detective Lester Norvell at 317-776-2212.