I am sitting here laughing my butt off at this one. Oh they are such good people wrote one commenter. I say HOGWASH then and HOGWASH now. Commonwealth Adoptions International is so busted and going down. Can I hope and pray that these women go to jail? Time will tell but neither woman will be allowed to work in the adoption industry.
Here is the link and the story:
Attorney General Terry Goddard Tuesday filed a lawsuit against an adoption agency in Tucson that allegedly failed to refund nearly $215,000 to families after the company shut down earlier this year.
According to court documents, Tucson-based Commonwealth Adoptions International Inc. engaged in a pattern of misrepresentations and deceptive practices in the sale of domestic and foreign adoption services to families.
"These families made life-changing decisions and gave this company their money and their trust," Goddard said. "They deserve to be reimbursed, and Commonwealth needs to be held accountable for violating the terms of its agreements."
These practices, according to the Attorney General, included inducing families to enter into contracts for adoption services under the pretense that the families would receive certain services in exchange for fees paid to Commonwealth. Instead, Commonwealth allegedly pooled fees, using money paid by one set of parents to pay for other families' adoptions.
The lawsuit seeks to stop the defendants from engaging in these unlawful practices and prohibit them from conducting any future business in Arizona.
The suit also asks the defendants to pay $10,000 for each violation of the Consumer Fraud Act, provide full restitution to all families who were defrauded and reimburse the State for investigation costs and legal fees.
Assistant Attorney General Taren Ellis is handling this case. A copy of the complaint, which was filed in Pima County Superior Court, is available on the Attorney General's Web site, www.azag.gov.
Consumers who feel they have been the victim of consumer fraud by Commonwealth or any Arizona businesses should contact the Arizona Attorney General's Office Consumer Information and Complaint division in Tucson at (520) 628-6504, in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763 or toll-free outside of Maricopa or Pima County at (800) 352-8431.