I have followed this case as I was contacted by Diana one day after we spoke to our son's birthparents.  I must say she came across both as helpful and appeared to be very concerned about the young women she was helping.  She was so convincing that I actually started to second guess the wonderful conversation I had the day before.  That was until I stumbled across a thread on another site that listed her name and phone number along with the state police officer investigating her. 

I called him and what I found out made me physically ill.  Diana herself is an adoptive mother - i use the term mother loosely.  She had been in trouble before for neglect and other charges related to crimes against children.  Adoption scamming was just her newest business - and the officer told me that just in the days surrounding when she called me she had managed to get money from several couples around the country who had the hope of adopting.  I was one of the lucky ones as I knew to direct her to my attorney - who she didnt want to call. 

In my opinion, Diana is the worst of the worst.  I hope upon her appeal she gets more time then she did with her original sentence.  

IndyStar.com Metro & State
7:51 PM February 2, 2008


Woman sentenced for adoption scam

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- A judge sentenced a woman to three years in prison for a
child adoption scam he called one of the "cruelest crimes" he's seen in 20 years
on the bench.


Before sentencing Diana Groves on Friday, Greene County Circuit Court Judge
David Holt read portions of letters written by her victims in which they
described their pain.
"Diana ripped our hearts out," one victim wrote. "She stole our hopes. She stole
our dreams."
Last month, Groves pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft in exchange for
prosecutors agreeing to dismiss a habitual offender charge. The plea agreement
left her sentencing to the discretion of the judge.
Groves was arrested by the FBI in April 2007 following a three-month
investigation.
She was accused of falsely telling several different couples that she was
working with a pregnant teen who wanted to give her child up for adoption.
Groves then asked the hopeful couples for money to help with the teen's
expenses. Previously, prosecutors said she bilked her victims out of a total of
about $15,000.
At the time of her arrest, she was serving a three-year suspended sentence after
pleading guilty to a felony charge of neglect of a dependent.
Groves' attorney, Fred Turner, called two of the defendant's children to the
stand. Both daughters asked that their mother be released so she could continue
to be a part of their lives and be evaluated for a possible mental health issue.
During her testimony, Laura Groves sobbed as she asked the court to let her
mother come home. Groves said her mother needed therapy, not jail time.
"It's not benefiting her," she said. "She needs to be home with her kids."
Groves also addressed the court. She apologized to her victims and asked Holt
for probation.
Turner argued that Groves had admitted her guilt, saving the victims from having
to testify in court. He also said she'd also given a "heartfelt" apology.
Holt agreed that Groves had accepted "some degree" of responsibility. He
sentenced Groves to three years for each of the seven counts to be served
concurrently. She was also fined $100 for each count.
"I feel you need to be held accountable for what you did," Holt told Groves.
Groves indicated she would appeal the sentence. She was declared indigent, so
Holt appointed a public defender, but asked Turner to continue to work with
Groves until her new attorney can take over.

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oneth...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM I'm glad you were smart enough not to get scammed. This is an evil horrible crime.

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alexm...
Feb. 3, 2008 at 7:45 PM It's women like this who give us adoptive parents the reputation some people THINK we have.

It's important for people to know that this woman ISN'T the norm.

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mommy...
Apr. 28, 2008 at 9:15 PM omg noreen thats horrible wow

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rainb...
Nov. 15, 2008 at 9:44 AM

That is horrible...Glad she got what was coming to her!

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