WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Carolina Beach woman who was accused of scamming potential parents in a nationwide adoption scheme pleaded guilty in the case last week.
Wendy George, 39, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of felony accessing a computer to perpetuate a fraud and one count of Medicaid fraud on Friday.
George was sentenced to 50-64 months in prison. She also received an additional 22-37-month sentence, which was suspended for three years of supervised probation.
Starting in November of 2016, George posted on several social media and adoption websites that she was pregnant and wanted to put her child up for adoption even though she was not pregnant.
People from across the country responded to the her post indicating a desire to adopt her child. George then had lengthy discussions with these people and requested that they send her money for food, doctor appointments, and housing needs.
George obtained a positive pregnancy test using the urine of a pregnant friend and to obtain Medicaid benefits from the Department of Social Services. She also paid her pregnant friend $20 to get an ultrasound in Wendy George’s name so that she could send the images to the victims.
In February 2017, a couple from Ohio called the Carolina Beach Police Department to report the scam after giving George several hundreds of dollars for food and rent. An investigation by the Carolina Beach Police Department revealed at least 16 other people who had also been defrauded by George during the same time period.