Two lawyers were indicted Thursday in an alleged immigration fraud scheme that arranged for Hungarian mothers to enter the United States illegally so they could give up their babies for adoption in exchange for money.
A nine-count federal indictment named Janice J. Doezie, 49, of Villa Park, who operates a law office in Orange, and Heather E. Barnett, 38, a barrister with offices in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Neither returned telephone calls seeking comment.
According to the indictment, unidentified associates of Doezie would recruit Hungarian women willing to give up their babies for adoption.
The mothers were allegedly offered amounts ranging from $8,000 to $22,000 for a child.
Federal authorities said Doezie and her associates wrote bogus letters of invitation to the women, enabling them to obtain visas to the United States.
When that failed, the indictment said, arrangements were made for the women to fly to Canada, where Barnett would meet them and help smuggle them into this country.