Settlement proposed for fraudulent adoptions in NY

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Posted: Dec 30, 2011 8:07 AM
Settlement proposed for fraudulent adoptions in NY

Ten disabled people who were fraudulently adopted by a woman in New York City and subjected to years of abuse are proposing a $68 million settlement in their lawsuit over the adoptions.

The New York Times reports ( that the proposal comes as a federal magistrate judge is trying to mediate a settlement to the suit filed in 2009.

The 10 plaintiffs are seeking damages from New York City and three contract adoption agencies that placed them with the woman, Judith Leekin.

Leekin adopted them over an eight-year period ending in 1996. She moved to Florida in 1998.

The lawsuit charged that Leekin was able to carry out a scam in which she fraudulently collected $1.68 million in adoption subsidies because the city's Administration for Children's Services didn't do its job.


Information from: The New York Times,