Kansas adoption scammer ordered held three more months


It may have been a routine hearing in a Kansas City state court today but it means the accused adoption scammer Roxanne Jones will have to go back and sit in state prison for at least three more months while she waits for a possible federal indictment. She is being held in a Johnson County jail for a parole violation stemming from a 2006 bad check charge. The ruling gives state and federal investigators more time to build their case against her.

According to law enforcement sources, she will likely face a federal grand jury indictment and be moved to federal lockup before the three months is up.

CBS News first learned of Roxanne Jones after she defrauded a CBS News employee and his wife -- who sent money -- before realizing they'd been conned. In early March, posing as a mother looking to adopt, another CBS producer made contact with Jones, who said her name was Cindy Stevens. She was arrested on March 16th after being confronted by Chief Investigative Correspondent Armen Keteyian and less than a month later Jones was hit with 12 federal counts of wire fraud and identity theft in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas.

If convicted of all 12 counts, she faces a maximum of 22 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. But that complaint was based on the alleged scam of a single family. Investigators would not say how many families have come forward with allegations of being scammed by Jones but our investigation discovered at least ten families from across the country who claim they were scammed by her, several of whom came forward after the segment aired.