Posted: Jun 18, 2012 10:31 PM by Associated Press
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A federal judge has denied an attempt by Sharp Healthcare to be reimbursed more than $600,000 for care given to five surrogates and the infants they delivered as part of a baby-selling fraud scheme.
UT San Diego (http://bit.ly/MnCaG1) reports that U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia on Monday denied restitution to Sharp, but ordered a few thousand dollars to be paid to two sets of parents.
Sharp was trying to win restitution from Theresa Erickson who, along with two others, pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme to get surrogates impregnated overseas. They then would sell the parental rights to the babies to couples who wanted to become parents.
Seven of the infants were born at Sharp hospitals and costs exceeded $800,000 because several were born premature.
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