Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Two Charges, 14 Others Dropped
BOSTON (AP) _ A Texas man accused of mail and wire fraud in connection with an international adoption ring that allegedly bilked would-be parents in 40 states pleaded guilty today to two counts.
Bryan M. Hall, 38, of El Paso, Texas, appeared before U.S. District Judge Arthur Garrity and pleaded guilty to two charges of mail and wire fraud and conspiracy.
Garrity said nine other mail fraud counts and five of wire fraud would be dismissed at Hall’s sentencing, which was scheduled for June 6.
Hall had pleaded innocent Feb. 22 after he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston. He still faces 15 charges of mail and wire fraud in indictments handed up Feb. 13 by a Salt Lake City grand jury.
Hall and four other people, including an Arizona couple, an Iowa woman and an attorney from Mexico, were indicted by the federal grand juries on multiple charges that they bilked 180 couples - mostly in Massachusetts and Utah - of at least $750,000 for adoptive children.
Many couples paid $400 to $6,000 between 1978 and 1983 on the promise of receiving Mexican children and never saw them, authorities said.
Still missing is Lorenzo Prospero Arzola, the attorney, who was named in both indictments, according to Brackett Denniston, an assistant U.S. attorney in Boston.
A June 17 trial date has been set for the Utah charges for the Willcox, Ariz., couple, Deborah Rae Tanner, 35, and Terry Tanner, 38.
No Massachusetts trial date has been set for Ms. Tanner, who also was indicted in Boston, or Rebecca Kelley, 32, of New Market, Iowa, Denniston said.