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I have a very strange and surreal tale to share with you. The weirdest part is that it’s all true.

There were a bunch of messages on my home phone yesterday from the manager at North Shore X-ray, where I go to get ultrasounds done. She assured me in the message that there was nothing wrong with the baby, but it was very, very important that I phone her back as soon as I could. She even gave me her cell number to make sure I got in touch with her, and at one point called after Adam had arrived at home and made him promise that I would call (she wouldn’t tell him what was up either.)

Wondering what was going on, I phoned her as soon as I got in the door.

She told me that she had received a call from a Sheriff’s office in Placer County, California, and had confirmed with the RCMP that it was a legitimate call. They had just arrested someone in Alice, Texas, on several counts of fraud. Apparently a woman had been contacting adoption agencies, saying she was pregnant and wanted to give up her child for adoption. She sent them a bunch of paperwork and the adoption places put her in contact with a few hopeful people who wished to adopt. Here’s an excerpt from the Press Release:

The suspect asked for monetary expenses to be covered and the victims forwarded these funds to her. Victims in Placer County flew to San Antonio to be present for the birth of the child only to find that they had been defrauded. Another victim was due to fly to San Antonio on May 21st but they were contacted by The Placer County Sheriff’s Department and advised of the scheme.

Placer County Detectives and the FBI arranged for what the suspect thought would be a delivering of the birthing expense money. When the suspect arrived to pick up the money she was taken into custody.

So here’s where it gets weird.

They started investigating the documents and paperwork she had sent to the hopeful future adoptive parents, and traced an ultrasound picture back to the North Shore X-Ray clinic. They called the clinic and spoke to the manager there, who looked up the file and found out it was the Ultra Magnus ultrasound. I’m going to have to assume the woman in Texas got them off Flickr, since they’re not exactly hidden or anything. She couldn’t give out my contact information (with good reason; privacy laws forbid such things) but took his number and said she would contact me and have me call them if I wanted to.

Fast forward to this morning. I’m sitting here with a California number in hand for a detective Jim Hudson. I just called him a few minutes ago; it was a very T.V. moment, because he answered the phone by just saying “Hudson.” For some reason I thought I was going to get a switchboard or receptionist or something, so it threw me off for a second. I told him where I was calling from and he sounded pleased to hear from me, but told me that he was just in the middle of something else right now and could he call me back in a few minutes?

So now I’m just waiting for him to call me back.

Just. Plain. Weird.

I’ll let you know what happens next… I’m keeping this friends-only until I know more, I think.

17 Comments

  • eris

    May 23, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    WTF

  • lafemmezilla

    May 23, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    WEIRD!

    You should edit this to add an ginormous, flashing “WE ARE ALL OKAY” at the top because I had a freakout when I saw this. (it’s all about me!)

    Keep us updated, sweetie.

  • lurker

    May 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    WOW!

    Just… WOW!

  • meisterdorf

    May 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    That is just tooo creepy. Some people are so fucked up.

  • sharolyn

    May 23, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    That is utterly bizarre!!

    I look forward to hearing more!

  • jenny

    May 23, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Oh noes! I can’t believe a) someone would do this and b) someone would do this!

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    May 23, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Yeah, exactly. Really not sure how to feel about it…

    I am going to print out the news release to add to some sort of Ultra Magnus memory book or something.

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    May 23, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Heh… you have a point 🙂

    I will update when I hear back from Hudson.

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    May 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    I feel rather bad for the people she scammed. As for us, I just feel like it’s weird. I know that by putting pics on flick I’m subject to things being lifted… but for such a weird and nefarious thing?? Just crazy.

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    May 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    I know, eh?

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    May 23, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    I look forward to hearing back from Hudson… it’s just crazy!

  • Jenny Lee Silver

    May 23, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I feel bad for the people she scammed. Am glad they caught her though.

  • deb_or_ah

    May 23, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Look how popular he already is!! Not even born and everyone is talking about him! Future superstar…

  • ashkitty

    May 23, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    Well, we all knew Ultra Magnus was destined for a life of crime, but that’s getting started a bit early, really. 😉

    • Jenny Lee Silver

      May 24, 2008 at 6:49 am

      It’s true, we already have to ground the kid and it’s not even out here yet!

  • rainer3

    May 24, 2008 at 12:18 am

    That’s awesome.

    Don’t sell out your TV rights!

  • mindexplodes

    May 26, 2008 at 5:35 am

    that is a tall drink to take in !