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Pitt woman accused of faking pregnancies, scamming couples

Posted August 14, 2013 3:05 p.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2013 3:11 p.m. EDT

— A Pitt County woman has been arrested on charges that she bilked at least two couples seeking to adopt a child by pretending to be pregnant, authorities said Monday.

Heather Taylor was charged with 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

Investigators said Taylor targeted couples who had posted classified ads on the Craigslist website looking to adopt children, including one couple in Wilkes County and a second in Illinois. She would claim to be pregnant and seeking a home for her child, investigators said, and she would then ask the couples for money to pay for medical, housing and legal expenses, which authorities said were nonexistent.

The couples gave her more than $1,500 from late January to late March and were brokenhearted to learn that there was no child up for adoption and they had been scammed, authorities said.