A Texas woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding four families that wanted to adopt children. Chrystal Marie Rippey, 34, admitted she concocted a devious scheme in which she pretended to be pregnant in order to fool adoption agencies and families who wanted to adopt. Rippey told these people she was willing to give up her unborn child and went on to bilk them for rent, utilities, gifts, food, and living expenses. In the case of one family, Rippey went so far as to move into their house and allow them to bring her on a two-week vacation.
After all that heartbreak, what Rippey actually ended up pleading guilty for was a single count of wire fraud. If you ask me, this horrible woman is getting off way, way, WAY too easy.