Former International Program Director of adoption agency International Adoption Guides Inc. James Harding pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the US by submitting fraudulent documents to the State Department for adoptions from Ethiopia and paying bribes to foreign officials. Harding admitted he and others submitted false documentation, including contracts of adoption signed by orphanages that could not properly give the children up for adoption because, for example, the child in question was never cared for or never resided at the orphanage. He also admitted to bribing two Ethiopian officials to help with the fraudulent adoptions. DOJ
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