(Rockville, MD) -- A Rockville, Maryland lawyer pleads guilty in California to wire fraud in a baby-selling ring.
Federal prosecutors say Hilary Neiman of the National Adoption and Surrogacy Center sent women to Ukraine to be implanted with embryos, then charged would-be parents more than 100-thousand dollars, saying a previous arrangement fell apart.
Surrogates were paid up to 45-thousand dollars.
Neiman and another attorney kept the rest of the money.
Under California law, surrogates and intended parents must have an agreement before embryos are implanted.
Neiman faces five years in prison when she's sentenced in October.
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