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January 8, 2004
Did Angelina Jolie Get Duped By Adoption Scam?

This story is disturbing:

HOLLYWOOD actor Angelina Jolie may be forced to hand her adopted son back to Cambodian authorities if claims he is not an orphan are true, it was reported today. The Sydney Morning Herald reported Cambodian child welfare workers as claiming that Maddox, the son Jolie and her former husband the actor-director Billy Bob Thornton adopted two years ago, was sold by his poverty-stricken mother.

The agent that arranged the adoption, Lauryn Galindo, is facing charges in the United States of visa fraud and money laundering amid claims that Maddox's mother sold him for $US100 ($130). Jolie has said that she would never rob a mother of her child.

There's more details at this link. It doesn't appear that Jolie was aware of the scams allegedly run by Galindo, which will make this case doubly tragic if the child is removed from her custody. On the other hand, if the mother sold the child and Jolie truly had no knowledge of it, then perhaps it would be best to leave the boy with Jolie.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at January 8, 2004 10:20 PM

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