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18 July 2024

Four years in prison for accused adoption scammer


A Woodworth woman has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after reaching a plea agreement to charges in what authorities say was an adoption scam.

KQDJ reports Betty Jo Krenz entered Alford pleas to charges of theft of property, both a felony and misdemeanor count.

A charge of unauthorized use of identifying information was dropped.

With the Alford plea, Krenz acknowledges there’s enough evidence to be convicted, but she does not admit to the crime.

Families say Krenz used her background as a Spirit Lake social worker to produce fake adoption papers. Prosecutors say there were several instances where Krenz promised a baby for adoption, but had failed to follow through.

Krenz turned herself into authorities in June 2018 after warrants had been issued for her arrest.