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.
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