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American couple accused of falsifying Filipino child’s adoption documents

/ 11:19 AM July 13, 2019

HUGER, South Carolina — The U.S. Department of Justice says a South Carolina couple tried to get around overseas adoption rules by telling immigration officials a baby they adopted in the Philippines was their biological child.

The State reports federal prosecutors indicted 24-year-old Stephanie Jean Locker and 46-year-old Gerald Vincent Locker Jr. on charges of conspiracy and making false statements in a passport application.

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The two were living in Japan in 2014 while Gerald Locker served in the Marines.

A Justice Department release accuses Stephanie Locker of saying she’d learned she was pregnant while on vacation in the Philippines, five days before the baby’s birth.

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Records allege the two tried to circumvent adoption processes by passing off the Filipino child as their biological baby.

Stephanie Locker reportedly presented falsified documents to obtain birth-abroad paperwork.

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