A Holt couple spends tens of thousands of dollars to adopt but is left with an empty nursery.
The Attorney General's Office is stepping in, charging the owners of a Macomb County adoption agency with racketeering and tax fraud. Simone Boraggina,40 of Macomb, and Joseph Beauvais, 44 of Novi, were arraigned in Shelby Township Thursday.
This, two years after Amanda and Reece Heinrich started their adoption process with that adoption agency.
"I told her we were putting our hopes and dreams of becoming a family in her hands," says Amanda Heinrich. "And here I sit two years later with an empty lap."
Years of failed fertility treatments led the Heinrichs to adoption. They went with an agency that claimed to specialize in Guatemalan adoptions, Macomb Township's "Waiting Angels Adoption Services" run by Boraggina and Beauvais.
The baby the Heinrichs say they were promised, a little boy they named Jamison, was supposed to be home with them last Christmas. But there was a delay.
Heinrich says Boraggina said there was a missing signature, it was no big deal and their case would be right back in the court system within two weeks. Amanda found out eventually the baby wasn't even legitimately available. The couple had spent $25,000 from a home equity loan to pay for the entire process. Amanda found other couples in the same situation.
"They've been taken advantage of that's what we allege and intend to prove in court," says Rusty Hills, a spokesperson for Attorney General Mike Cox. The Attorney General's Office has charged Boraggina and Beauvais with racketeering and tax fraud. Search warrants uncovered more than one half of a million dollars in cash in safety deposit boxes and their homes.
As for the Heinrichs, they still have an empty nursery. "All we wanted was to have someone call us mom or dad. Two years later that has not changed, but we don't know if we can do it ever," says Amanda.
The Attorney General's Office wants to hear from anyone who tried to adopt a baby through "Waiting Angels Adoption Services." You can call (517)373-1110.