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Socialite Ends Black Market Baby Ring

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: During the process of adopting her son, Taylor Stein, helped take down an illegal baby-selling ring. Stein, who is from New York but now lives in Los Angeles, is the daughter of legendary rock promoter Howard Stein. Several years ago, the socialite decided that she wanted to adopt a baby boy. She already has a 4-year-old daughter. A friend introduced her to attorney Hilary Neiman. Neiman told Stein that there was a baby that had been meant to be adopted by another couple, but that the couple had abandoned the process. So Stein, a single mother, went forward with the adoption, even when Neiman named a price of $180,000 for the baby. Stein wired Neiman tens of thousands of dollars, only to learn that the baby she thought was hers was no longer available, but another baby boy suddenly was. Two weeks before the baby was born, the FBI called Stein and told her that they believed the people with whom she was negotiating were crooks. Federal prosecutors say the baby-selling ring recruited surrogate mothers from the United States -- offering them $38,000 to $45,000 -- and sent them to the Ukraine to have the embryos implanted. The investigators asked for her help. Stein agreed to wear a wire and got Neiman to make incriminating statements on tape. Neiman was arrested, along with Carla Chambers, a former surrogate, and Theresa Erickson, a prominent surrogacy attorney. The three women all have pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges. They will be sentenced in October. Stein was able to keep the baby, and is now living happily with her two children.
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