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April 11, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What Leanne Dees did to the emotions of desperately vulnerable people is so unacceptable it was criminal. She knows that now. "I messed up," she said from jail. She promised to give up her unborn children to would-be adoptive parents, several in Southern California, in exchange for living expenses while pregnant. The problem was that she made those promises to different sets of prospective parents at the same time.
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April 11, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What Leanne Dees did to the emotions of desperately vulnerable people is so unacceptable it was criminal. She knows that now. "I messed up," she said from jail. She promised to give up her unborn children to would-be adoptive parents, several in Southern California, in exchange for living expenses while pregnant. The problem was that she made those promises to different sets of prospective parents at the same time.
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December 12, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Arkansas woman was indicted Friday on charges of bilking couples in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere by falsely promising to give them her unborn babies in exchange for living expenses while she was pregnant. Leanne Dees, 28, of Paragould, Ark., was charged with mail and wire fraud in a 15-count federal indictment unsealed Friday. She is being held at the Craighead County Jail in Jonesboro, Ark., according to court documents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Arkansas woman was indicted Friday on charges of bilking couples in the San Fernando Valley and elsewhere by falsely promising to give them her unborn babies in exchange for living expenses while she was pregnant. Leanne Dees, 28, of Paragould, Ark., was charged with mail and wire fraud in a 15-count federal indictment unsealed Friday. She is being held at the Craighead County Jail in Jonesboro, Ark., according to court documents.
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February 13, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a case sparked by tabloid television reports of angry would-be parents frustrated in attempts to adopt babies, an Arkansas woman charged with bilking couples in the San Fernando Valley was convicted Friday in Los Angeles federal court of six of 14 fraud counts. Leanne Dees, 28, of Paragould, Ark., accused of falsely promising to give up her unborn children in exchange for living expenses while pregnant, was convicted of one count of mail fraud and five counts of wire fraud.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1993
An Arkansas woman convicted of federal fraud charges for falsely promising to give up her unborn children to would-be adoptive parents in exchange for living expenses while pregnant was sentenced Monday to the maximum 30 months in prison. Chief U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real also took the unusual step of ordering Leanne Dees, 28, of Paragould, Ark., who has borne nine children and given up seven for adoption, to report to federal authorities if she gets pregnant.
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January 30, 1991 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former Van Nuys woman being investigated on suspicion of asking for money from more than a dozen couples for the rights to adopt her unborn child has been arrested in Tennessee on an unrelated theft charge, authorities said Tuesday.
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April 6, 1993 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Arkansas woman convicted of federal fraud charges for falsely promising to give up her unborn children to would-be adoptive parents in exchange for living expenses while pregnant was sentenced Monday to the maximum 30 months in prison. Chief U.S. District Judge Manuel L. Real also took the unusual step of ordering Leanne Dees, 28, of Paragould, Ark., who has borne nine children and given up seven for adoption, to report to federal authorities if she ever gets pregnant again.
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December 16, 1990 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pregnant with her seventh child, Leanne Dees answered a classified ad in an Arkansas newspaper and, according to a Los Angeles woman, entered into a non-binding agreement to let her adopt the child. The excited adoptive mother-to-be, Debbie Freeman, brought Dees and her husband, Frankie, and their 1-year-old daughter to Van Nuys and paid $9,400 to support them for six months in a furnished apartment, she said.
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