Twins adopted by Daniel and Merily Pompa
7 year old twins were adopted by their mother's cousin after their father and mother were killed in a murder-suicide during Christmas 2003. The adoptive parents, Daniel and Merily Pompa, were also trustees to a $1,000,000 trust fund for the children. from 2004 to 2009, the money was spent on a condo, flooring, chandeliers, and other items including $529 brass monkey shaped toilet paper holder.
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Economic exploitation
Abuser: Adoptive father, Adoptive mother
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Outcome of case
In June 2012, Dan and Merily Pompa pled guilty to charges in connection with taking the children's trust money and were sentenced to 10 years probation and to make complete restitution of the trust money. Merily has a blog and tends to discuss her religious faith at length without going into the reasons why their family has had problems. The Pompas filed for bankruptcy, and the restitution order is not dischargeable. The Pompas wound up losing both homes they had purchased with the trust monies.