October 26, 2008
Civil RICO Suit Against Project OZ
A civil RICO suit has been filed against Porject Oz adoptions. The families involved in that case are hoping that the suit will lead to criminal charges in the future.
Here is a newspaper story about it: http://www.mddailyrecord.com/article.cfm?id=8855&type=UTTM
Here is a link to the complaint filed: http://www.scribd.com/doc/6111162/POZ-Civil-RICO-Complaint-Filed
Posted by Kevin at October 26, 2008 07:42 AM
I would love to see the exhibits to the Complaint (also public record) - is it possible to post a link to them?
best of luck to all plaintiffs!
Thanks for posting this. As a former Project Oz family I think it's good for people to know what some of the families have gone through.
We had one failed adoption in 2005 with Project Oz. From a second attempt, our son came home in 2006. The agency screwed up all of our paperwork and the Guatemalan attorney disappeared when I arrived in country. I ended up spending almost three weeks in GUA and doing most of the legwork with the help of a local. When I returned home, Project Oz never even contacted me. I realize that we are one of the lucky ones because our son came home...but, it was a horrible experience.
I am the first parent in the article and I live the nightmare daily that POZ has placed my family in. Unfortunately, there are many more families who have been affected and still are being affected by what this agency chose to do by their unethical and deceitful business practices. Unless APs and PAPs alike are willing to come forward to tell their stories and help to put these renegade agencies out of business for good, situations like this will continue to occur that might eventually prove negative on the entire adoption industry; even those agencies who are striving to work to the highest ethical standards.
We adopted through Project Oz. We had wanted to adopt a child from Semillas de Amor and asked them for a recommendation of an agency. They recommended Project Oz. We signed a contract in February of 2006. We received a referral of a baby girl in July of 2006 and brought her home in October of 2007. Everything went fine with our case until February of 2007. We were entered into PGN, kicked out. Project Oz said we were reentered right away. According to PGN, we were kicked out in February and not reentered until July.
After reading this article, I realize how truly lucky we were to bring our daughter home.