A Fairview Township woman is charged with forgery and theft by deception after she allegedly scammed a Maryland couple out of more than $4,000 as she served as a surrogate mother, police say.

Christina Lee Jensen, 36, of the 400 block of Lewisberry Road is also charged with receiving stolen property and unlawful use of a computer, according to township police.

She is free on $70,000 bail, police said.

According to police, Jensen schemed the couple out of $4,300 over a roughly 15-month period between May 2011 and August 2012 as the trio were in a surrogacy agreement.

The couple suspected they were scammed and went to authorities in August, setting off a police investigation.

The investigation found that Jensen fabricated legal contracts, receipts and emails and forged an attorney's signature on a contract, police said.

The 17-month-long police investigation culminated with the arrest of Jensen on Friday.

Jensen could not be reached for comment, and her court records do not list an attorney.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.