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Baby-Selling Case Ends With Wire Fraud Plea Deal

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An Irvine woman once accused of running an international baby-selling operation was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for wire fraud and ordered to pay $5,000 in fines.

Marianne Gati, 54, said only, "Thank you," when U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler let her address the court.

It was a quiet ending to a seven-year battle in which prosecutors struggled to build a baby-selling case.

The case made international headlines when federal authorities alleged that she had arranged the sale of as many as 30 Hungarian infants, some for as much as $80,000.

She also was sentenced to three years' probation.

Her husband, Thomas Gati, 52, was sentenced to a year's probation and fined $5,000. He pleaded guilty to having filed a tax return in 1994 that failed to disclose the adoption income.

Edited by Magikman

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Shadeaux I can't get the link to work sad.gif

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It's a short article, Kismit. Here it is. Dunno why the link doesn't work, it works when I use it.

An Irvine woman once accused of running an international baby-selling operation was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison for wire fraud and ordered to pay $5,000 in fines.

Marianne Gati, 54, said only, "Thank you," when U.S. District Judge Alicemarie Stotler let her address the court.

It was a quiet ending to a seven-year battle in which prosecutors struggled to build a baby-selling case.

The case made international headlines when federal authorities alleged that she had arranged the sale of as many as 30 Hungarian infants, some for as much as $80,000.

She also was sentenced to three years' probation.

Her husband, Thomas Gati, 52, was sentenced to a year's probation and fined $5,000. He pleaded guilty to having filed a tax return in 1994 that failed to disclose the adoption income.

(You're supposed to claim illegal income on your taxes????) blink.gif

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laugh.gif of course you are shadeaux rolleyes.gif

Thanx smile.gif

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Kismit,

The LATimes requires you to register before you can access their news. It's free, but it is a bit of a pain.

schadeaux,

I've edited your post to include the whole paragraph. That way no one would have to be bothered clicking on the article link and have to go through the registration process.

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Thanks, MM. I didn't even think of that. I've gotten so used to Gator I forget I have to log in some places. I'll make a note.

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