WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A Carolina Beach woman who scammed several people into sending her money in exchange for adopting her baby -- even though she was never pregnant -- was sentenced to 64 months in prison.
On Friday, 39-year-old Wendy George pleaded guilty to 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, one count of using a computer to perpetuate a fraud, and one count of medical fraud.
According to a news release from the district attorney's office, George falsely posted on several social media and adoption websites that she was pregnant and wanted to put the child up for adoption.
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Officials said at least 18 people sent George money for food, doctor's appointments, and housing.
According to StarNewsOnline, the woman was able to obtain a positive pregnancy test after using urine from a friend. Through that urine, officials said she then received Medicaid benefits from the Department of Social Services.
She also paid a pregnant friend $20 to get an ultrasound image with her name so she could send the image to her victims.
George was reported in 2017 by a couple in Ohio.
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