Charges Filed Against Oklahoma City Adoption Attorney
OKLAHOMA CITY - A prominent Oklahoma City adoption attorney is now charged with child trafficking. He's accused of scamming hundreds of thousands of dollars from parents hoping to adopt.
A warrant is out for his arrest.
This is not the first time investigators have looked into Robert Boren's practice. But now, the district attorney's office has added stacks of other charges of fraud.
In the early 2000's, Oklahoma City Police opened their first investigation into Robert Boren and his wife Rebecca accused of selling children to adoptive parents.
Investigators raided the law office, but there were no charges.
That was until Thursday, when 25 felony charges were filed against Boren including, child trafficking and obtaining money under false pretenses.
“He had created a business of adopting children so in a sense he was trafficking these children, he was getting finical gain from in a sense selling the kids through adoptions,” said Capt. Paco Balderrama.
The new investigation was opened back in 2012 when several of Boren's clients contacted police.
Police said Boren created a fake business called "ASL" and used it to funnel the profits he made off parents. Investigators believe Boren made the extra money by charging parents more than what was needed for the birth mother's living expenses.
Dierdre McCool, Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Executive Director, explains child trafficking is an ongoing issue in Oklahoma during adoptions.
“Unfortunately there are people out there providers that prey on vulnerable people,” said Dierdre McCool, the Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption executive director.
News of Boren's charges has McCool outraged.
“This is something that not only the Oklahoma Adoption Collation and the legislature have tried to address.”
Boren is believed to have taken more than $100,000 from parents in addition to his legal fees.
He has yet to be arrested.