Long Island attorney found guilty in $300K adoption scheme
Last Updated: 3:38 PM, November 1, 2010
Posted: 3:38 PM, November 1, 2010
MINEOLA, N.Y. — A New York attorney who advertised himself as an adoption expert has been convicted of stealing more than $300,000 from prospective parents for babies that did not exist.
Kevin Cohen was convicted Monday in Nassau County Court of grand larceny, forgery and other charges. He faces up to 92 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Cohen, a Roslyn attorney, scammed hopeful couples with fake sonograms and fictitious records on forged stationery from hospitals and doctors. Thirteen prospective parents testified against him at his three-week trial.
Cohen, who represented himself, says he suffers from multiple illnesses including bipolar disorder and was undermedicated at the time.