Theresa Erickson was once recognized as an expert in reproductive medicine law. ¬†She organized transactions between potential mothers and surrogates. ¬†She also wrote a number of books on the field.
Erikson is now facing up to 5 years in prison due to her involvement in an international multi million dollar baby manufacturing business.
Erikson created a blackmarket system of selling babies conceived using surrogates. ¬†She arranged for women to travel to the Ukraine to be inseminated with anonymous sperm or embryos.
The surrogates believed they were carrying a child for a couple from the United States. ¬†However, in the second trimester Erikson would arrange a black market sale of the babies by telling customers the original parents backed out of the deal. ¬†Some clients would pay up to $150,000 per baby.
Erikson and her colleagues were said to be professional and seemed legitimate. ¬†However, their practice actually lead a number of vulnerable potential parents to believe a string of lies.
She has pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted to filing false insurance claims for the surrogates. ¬†These charges carry up to a 5 year prison sentence.