Arlene Lieberman

Illegal Adoption Ring Broken Up

Associated Press
Last Updated: May 27, 1999 at 11:50:49 p.m.

NEW YORK - Two women were accused today of running an illegal adoption ring that sold Mexican children to American families for $20,000 or more.

The women provided adoptions without any of the necessary paperwork for either immigration or adoption, according to court documents. And several children, some of whom were as young as 2 weeks old, had serious medical problems despite assurances they were healthy.

``I'm thrilled,'' said Rosalie Liberto, a Long Island woman who adopted a little girl two years ago and is still fighting to resolve her immigration status. ``We were heartbroken. We put our trust in people and they took advantage of us.''

Arlene Lieberman, 48, and Arlene Reingold, 47, neighbors who live on New York's Long Island, and Mario Reyes, a Mexican lawyer with a home in Arizona, were charged with conspiracy to violate immigration laws in connection with 17 illegal adoptions in the Long Island area. They were also charged with mail and wire fraud.

Court documents said the women arranged more than 500 adoptions, but those adoptions are not being scrutinized as part of this case, assistant U.S. attorney Timothy Macht said.

Macht said he could not comment on how the children were obtained.

Reyes, 40, was arrested Wednesday night at his home in Douglas, Ariz., which abuts a Mexican border town called Agua Prieta where he had a law office. Each woman was released on $150,000 bond.

The maximum for the charges is 10 years in prison for each child illegally smuggled into the country. The wire and mail fraud charge carries a sentence of up to 5 years in prison.

Court papers allege that Reyes paid to have babies smuggled across the border to his Arizona home, sometimes by Mexican women posing as the children's mothers.

But some of the children had serious medical problems.

One couple was presented with a 7-year-old girl who was mentally retarded, malnourished and also showed signs of sexual abuse. The couple, in their 50s, returned her to Mrs. Lieberman and never got a refund on their $20,000.

Authorities repeatedly denied the pair's attempts to become licensed. The two women ran businesses called Stork International and International Adoption Consultants, presenting themselves as adoption information experts, state DSS officials said.

Mrs. Lieberman's phone number is unlisted. A man who answered the phone at Mrs. Reingold's home had no comment. Calls placed to lawyers representing the women were not returned.

The state attorney general's office also brought charges against the women, as well as their husbands, Jay Lieberman and Dennis Reingold, charging them with fraud and with repeatedly arranging illegal adoptions.

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Arlene LiebermanOperates inEl Salvador1992-00-00
Documents
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When You Wish Upon A Star: An Adoption Story2002-01-01
'The two Arlenes': 1 family's pain 2001-04-15
Douglas smuggler of babies sentenced 2000-04-18
Prison for Baby Smugglers / 3 sentenced in Mexican adoption fraud 2000-04-18
THREE SENTENCED IN MEXICAN BABY SMUGGLING CASE2000-04-18
Black-Market Babies2000-04-10
ADOPTIVE DAD GRILLED ON LINK TO SMUGGLING 2000-02-10
Mexico pursues Douglas man accused of trafficking in kids 1999-10-08
L.I. WOMEN PLEAD TO BABY SMUGGLING 1999-07-16
Two women plead guilty in Mexican baby smuggling case 1999-07-16
Suspected baby-smuggling lawyer out on $1 million bond in N.Y.C. 1999-07-03
ARIZONA MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN MEXICAN BABY-SMUGGLING CASE 1999-06-19
Douglas lawyer denied bond in baby smuggling 1999-06-04
Accused baby seller meant well, lawyer says 1999-06-02
In Mexico, Children, and Promises, Unkept 1999-06-02
Well-crafted adoption plan fooled parents1999-05-29
PARENTS FEAR LOSING ADOPTED KIDS 1999-05-29
Woman Admits Using False Papers in Baby-Smuggling Case1999-05-29
Two women, lawyer accused of running baby-smuggling ring 1999-05-28
BABY RING ALLEGED DOUGLAS MAN, 2 N.Y. WOMEN ACCUSED OF SELLING 17 MEXICAN TOTS 1999-05-28
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Mexico - Arlene Lieberman, Arlene Reingold and Mario Reyes caseAdoption agency

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