Muskogee Woman Sentenced for Adoption Scam

A Muskogee woman was sentenced to four years in prison for her role in an adoption scam crisscrossing the entire country.

Davanna Dotson was sentenced in a U.S. District Court Monday.

Dotson was indicted back in November 2012 and entered a guilty plea the following month.

Authorities said that Dotson would contact families looking to adopt a child or adoption agencies and say she had a child for adoption, which she did not, then ask for financial assistance in bringing that child to them.

The scam involved families and agencies including: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Virginia and Texas.

The scheme went on from about May 1, 2009 to September 31, 2012, officials said. She was initially charged with five counts of fraud.

In addition to four years behind bars, Dotson has also been sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay nearly $15,000 in restitution for wire fraud.