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American Greed Episode 54: Baby Broker Scam

Case File

Baby Broker Scam

  • The Attorney
  • Kevin Cohen claimed to be a respected adoption attorney in Roslyn, NY. He said he wanted to help couples navigate the complicated and emotional process of adoption. But unknown to his trusting clients, Kevin was charging high fees for services never rendered.
  • The Clients
  • Deborah and Milton Josephs were desperate to have children. They believed Kevin could help them adopt a child. They gave him $65-thousand to cover medical and legal expenses for two baby girls. The Josephs waited for an adoption that never came true.
  • The Scam
  • Fake sonograms, forged medical records and fictitious birth mothers. Kevin Cohen wove a complicated web of deceit. He was a con artist making money off a trail of broken promises.But, some thieves steal more than just money.

Web Extras

  • Thinking of Adopting? Watch for Scams
    By: Lindsay Nadrich,|CNBC Production Associate
    Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 1:46 PM ET
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    Michael Rhomberg and his wife, Ilysse, were ready to expand their family. Excited to adopt, the Rhomberg’s found self-proclaimed adoption specialist Kevin Cohen. But, it was all a scam.

  • The Victims Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    The Victims

    Kevin Cohen victims, Michael and Ilysse Rhomberg, explain how Kevin earned their trust.

  • Avoiding Adoption Heartache Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
    Avoiding Adoption Heartache

    For anyone looking to adopt children, it's an exciting time period but it comes with challenges and due diligence must be done. CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on successful adoption tips and what to watch out for when you decide to bring home a new child.

  • Read the 69 Count Indictment Friday, 7 Sep 2012 | 1:33 PM ET
  • Kevin's Conviction and Prison Sentence Tuesday, 17 Apr 2012 | 11:59 AM ET