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Dad $130 million lawsuit adoption: Alleged fraud over birth father's rights

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A dad's $130 million lawsuit adoption case is a bit bizarre. However, when Jake Strickland sued a Utah woman, several LDS parties, a parental couple and a heap of attorneys, using a legal twist, he knew the child custody case would be garner national attention. And that, it did, citing a Jan. 1 Christian Post news report.

Strickland, an Arizona resident, hired attorney Wesley Hutchins to pursue legal action against the woman who allegedly gave birth to his son -- without his knowledge -- on Dec. 29, 2010. Here's where things get tricky: The woman, who Strickland thought was divorced at the time the child was conceived, allegedly lied to him about her plans for the child up until the day before he was born.

Citing the dad's $130 million lawsuit, adoption was not discussed, but it took place, again, without the man's knowledge. Reportedly, the Utah woman told Strickland the baby was due via C-section on Jan. 12, 2010. However, he court documents claim the woman blindsided the man with a cell phone call to inform him she had given up her parental rights and placed the child with an adoptive couple already.

And to make matters more complex, Strickland says that he offered to take custody several times to the woman before learning she gave him up for adoption. And as far as the woman's husband goes, the lawsuit alleges the man was coerced by an LDS agency into waiving his parental rights or be stuck with custodial payments.

Note: Utah law says a married man is assumed to be the father of a child even if his wife has a baby outside of the union.

The Dad's $130 million adoption lawsuit claims kidnapping, racketeering, child trafficking, wire fraud, and selling of a child among many parties is at the heart of the matter. Additionally, Strickland says the $30 million is for income lost in being able to raise his son. The $100 million is punitive damages meant to deter any other parties from denying a birth father his parental rights in the future.

It's really an issue of accountability. With these fraudulent adoption schemes you find that they are fraudulent, there are co-conspirators involved — most notably adoption attorneys, adoption agencies and adoptive mothers that are engaged in an enterprise," he said. "We've cited those other cases as a necessary element to RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) to show a pattern of unlawful conduct," said the man's attorney.

It's unknown where the case goes from here or if it will survive challenges in court over its reach. However, it appears that the man's goal of getting attention to possibly force the issue may be winning in the court of popular opinion.

The $130 million lawsuit adoption case is developing.


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