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Christian Co. couple says they were victims of adoption fraud

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For Matt and Janet Wyatt, baby Sophia's smiles are the end of a long and painful journey.

They say it all started with a mutual friend's connection to 23-year-old Sara Pavey, who lived out of state at the time.

The Wyatts say Pavey claimed she was pregnant with twin girls and wanted to have them adopted, so the Wyatts started the legal process.

"She told us that she was actually off work in bed rest because of her blood pressure. And we talked to our lawyer and he said 'Then we'll set up a fund that will be escrowed to pay for her rent, her food, her utilities, the necessities,'" said Matt Wyatt.

But the Wyatts say toward the end of the so-called pregnancy, they started to realize something was wrong.

"She played us really, really good. Even our lawyers believed," said Janet Wyatt.

The Wyatts say Pavey started to contact them directly and ask for more money.

After weeks of asking, they say Pavey sent them an ultrasound picture.

"Her name was scratched out of it. The date was scratched out. I asked why, and she could never give a good reason," Janet Wyatt said.

The Wyatts say Pavey also sent them another picture of what was supposed to be their newborn girls. They say they took to Google, only to find out both pictures belonged to someone else.

"We wanted this to be so true that this is something that was really going to happen, and then when it didn't, then it was just like a knife in the heart," Matt Wyatt said.

Commonwealth's Attorney Lynn Pryor said the couple did what any smart people would do.

"I don't think they fell for anything; they just were defrauded, and it could happen to any of us," she said.

Prosecutors say Pavey also tried to scam others in different states. She's now in the Christian County Jail and is charged with theft by deception.

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