Crime

Woman accused of scamming adoption agencies

A Key West woman is back in jail after allegedly soliciting money over her unborn child from two adoption agencies and an adoption family while in jail.

Crystal Leone Dinklocker, 38, was booked into the Stock Island jail Wednesday on two felony counts of fraud. She remained in jail Friday on $5,000 bond. 

Dinklocker, while pregnant in the Stock Island jail on fraud and drug related charges between May 2013 and October 2013, took money from AmericanKidz Adoption Services and Adoption Angels to help her with finances until her child was born, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Deputy Becky Herrin said. 

AmericanKidz Adoption Services reported the alleged fraud to the Sheriff’s Office in February 2014. 

“She told both agencies they were the only company she was dealing with in relation to her pregnancy,” Herrin said. 

According to the partially redacted report, Dinklocker also reached out to an adoptive family via letter in October 2013 asking them if they would adopt her baby girl that would be born in December for $5,000.

In total, the two adoption agencies deposited $2,871 into her jail account. Herrin said Dinklocker took money from the adoptive family, who ended up adopting the baby, as well. The child remains with the adoptive family. 

Her arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 22 at 8:45 a.m. before Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones. 

Dinklocker’s criminal history in the Keys includes a cocaine possession charge in August 2013 as well as a December 2010 credit card fraud charge. 

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