“Lawyers for 10 disabled children who were fraudulently adopted by a Queens woman more than 15 years ago and subjected to years of abuse have proposed a $68 million settlement in a civil rights lawsuit filed on their clients’ behalf, according to a confidential court filing.”
“The case has been seen as one of the most disturbing child welfare fraud cases in the city in recent years. Ms. Leekin used four aliases to adopt the children, who had physical or developmental disabilities, including autism and retardation, and later moved them to Florida. The children were caged, restrained with plastic ties and handcuffs, beaten with sticks and hangers, and kept out of school, according to court papers. An 11th child disappeared while in Ms. Leekin’s care and is presumed dead.”
“Ms. Leekin, 66, was imprisoned after she was convicted of fraud in federal court in Manhattan and of abuse in a state court in Florida. Federal prosecutors have said that as part of her scheme, she collected $1.68 million in subsidies from the city that went to support a lavish lifestyle.”
August 2011 article New Look at City Lapses in Adoption Abuse Case
July 2008 article on sentencing 10-Year Sentence in Scheme to Bilk Adoption System
Go read all the articles. Three different agencies failed to uncover the fraud by this woman who was sentenced in 2008, and yet a settlement for the victims still hasn’t happened and it is almost 2012. Just how many other cases like this are out there? How many more children are being abused? How many?