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Mother arrested in adoption fraud case

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kenyeta Murray
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Kenyeta Murray

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Investigators with the state attorney's office have arrested a 26-year-old Jacksonville woman on charges of adoption fraud and grand theft.

They said Kenyeta Murray was arrested Monday morning at her home.

She's accused of entering into adoption agreements for her newborn babies, taking money from agencies and adoptive families, and then refusing to adopt the children.

The investigation found that in January 2011, Murray entered into an agreement for the adoption of her unborn child with an adoption agency, investigators said. They said that in March 2011, Murray entered into another agreement for the same child with a different adoptive family.

The law does not allow an individual to collect funds from more than one adoption entity at the same time without disclosing the existence of the other entity.

Murray is believed to have received more than $15,000 from the two parties, who did not know about each other.

Murray has been booked into the Duval County jail.