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By Mike Essian, WINK NewsCOLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A woman gets arrested on charges she faked her pregnancy in order to collect nearly $4,000 from an adoption agency. The woman remains in jail, but Monday, for the first time, her family talks about the incident.
"I don't believe my sister in any way would deceive somebody like that at all," Rebecca Yanez said.
Yanez says she knows her sister, Stephanie Blume, did not fake her pregnancy because she was there when her sister miscarried.
"I feel she's been wronged, if she was properly pregnant, which I can't see her deceiving the system like that because she has gave them a valid adoption," Yanez said.
She says her sister, completed a successful adoption last year, so she wasn't surprised when her sister announced she was pregnant again and was putting the child up for adoption.
"I believe 100 percent that she had good intentions."
Months later, she says Blume showed signs of a miscarriage, but that didn't surprise her either, because she says miscarriages run in the family. But she was surprised when deputies came knocking on her door.
"I was going, Stephanie, why are the cops here looking?"
July 30th, Collier County deputies arrested Blume on charges she used someone else's urine to fake her pregnancy to receive living expenses from an adoption agency.
A North Naples couple committed to adopting the child paid her nearly $4,000, along with more than $900 in legal fees for the adoption.
The adoption agency, Heart of Adoptions Inc., says Blume failed to show up for scheduled appointments.
Yanez says it's because her sister was in jail on drug charges.
She says she doesn't believe her sister did anything wrong.
"If anything was done inappropriate I believe it would have been forced onto her."
New information WINK News found in court documents says a Naples man admits to giving Blume his pregnant daughter's urine, then driving her to Planned Parenthood for a pregnancy test. But that man has not been arrested.