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Court: Idaho woman defrauded would-be parents from California in egg donation, surrogacy business

An Idaho woman is headed to federal prison for defrauding dozens in California through her “Miracles Egg Donation” business. Prosecutors said instead of helping the would-be parents with surrogacy and egg donation, Allison Layton of Star used her clients’ money to support a lavish lifestyle, including a $60,000 wedding, and to cover unpaid costs for other clients. Prosecutors said some of the victims were effectively prevented from ever having children because they were either too old or no longer had the money to pay a donor or surrogate.

Layton’s public defender, Yasmin Cader, who argued against prison time, said the woman successfully connected some would-be parents with donors and surrogates, but failed to keep good records, place money in trust accounts and separate business from personal funds. “As a result of this failure, she quickly found herself buried under the weight of these missteps," Cader said. "When her wrongdoing came to light, she dug a deeper hole for herself, not being honest about her wrongdoing, but instead trying to keep her business afloat."

Layton was convicted of wire fraud and sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. You can read the full story here from the Associated Press in Los Angeles.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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