An adoption case manager contacted detectives to report Jaime Suzanne Ritchhart had given them paperwork indicating that she was pregnant and then signed a contract to place her expected child up for adoption. The case manager also told detectives that the 31-year-old Ocala woman had received more than $7,100 from them so far, according to a news release from the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
The manager also handed detectives an official report indicating Ritchhart had not gone to her doctor's appointments and also had claimed to have had a miscarriage, according to the release.
A detected then interviewed Ritchhart, who allegedly said she was seven-months pregnant and planned to give up her baby, expected in May, for adoption.
Ritchhart also told the detective the adoption agency had been paying her rent, the release stated.
But when detectives showed Ritchhart some medical records indicating she had a hysterectomy, she refused to talk was arrested on charges of Adoption Fraud and Grand theft, detectives said.
This arrest marks Ritchard's 10th booking into the Marion County Jail, according to inmate records.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun