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Farmville woman facing more than 30 years in prison for pregnancy scam

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FARMVILLE, N.C. -

A Pitt County woman faces more than 30 years in jail after deputies say she faked a pregnancy to take money from couples hoping to adopt her baby.

That woman is 37-year-old Heather Dawn Taylor from Farmville.

She's in the Pitt County Detention Center facing 11 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.

Taylor made her first court appearance Wednesday morning to hear her charges.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says Taylor  targeted couples who posted ads on Cragislist.org, looking to adopt children.

They say Taylor targeted one couple in Wilkes County, NC and a couple in the state of Illinois. Taylor would contact the couples and claim to be pregnant and looking for a home for the child. Taylor would then communicate with the couples over a period of months leading them on an emotional roller coaster claiming to have fictitious medical problems, insufficient food and shelter, and imagined court appearances.

9 On Your Side spoke to one of the couples who say Taylor sent them pregnancy photos and called them constantly with daily updates.

"Of course we became more excited the more we talked to her. The more she kind of told us, the more we were thinking, ok maybe this is going to be the real deal, maybe this is going to happen," said the woman.

The woman says Taylor actually faked contractions during one their phone conversations. A phone call she says made it even more hurtful when they learned there was no baby.

"We were excited! Thinking this baby was going to be coming; and then, of course within an hour or two of all of the contractions, the fake contractions, we discovered she was scamming folks. So, that quickly turned into hurt and anger," said the woman.

Before the couple discovered the pregnancy was a lie, the woman says Taylor claimed that she needed money for medical expenses, food, gas, and travel expenses. The woman says they didn't give her any money; but, the Pitt County Sheriff's Office also says Taylor gained over $1,500 from another hopeful couple leaving them heart broken when they discovered that they were scammed.

9 On Your Side did ask one of the victims why they chose to use the Internet, to assist their adoption search.

"Social media really has become very predominant in adoptions. Agency adoptions can be very expensive, very costly, so tat's why a lot of people turn to social media," said the woman.

Taylor was never pregnant during these discussions and never intended to provide a child to either couple. In fact, a friend says Taylor can't have children.

This is not the first time Taylor has tried to take money without permission. 9 On Your Side dug into her criminal history, and found out she is facing identity theft charges for using her sister's credit card without her permission.

Taylor is also facing charges for worthless checks at multiple Farmville stores, totaling more than $1500.

Taylor is in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $75,000 bond.

 

 

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