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SC couple accused of falsifying overseas adoption documents

HUGER, S.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice says a South Carolina couple tried to get around overseas adoption rules by telling immigration officials a baby they adopted in the Philippines was their biological child.

The State reports federal prosecutors indicted 24-year-old Stephanie Jean Locker and 46-year-old Gerald Vincent Locker Jr. on charges of conspiracy and making false statements in a passport application.

The two were living in Japan in 2014 while Gerald Locker served in the Marines. A Justice Department release accuses Stephanie Locker of saying she’d learned she was pregnant while on vacation in the Philippines, five days before the baby’s birth. Records allege the two tried to circumvent adoption processes by passing off the Filipino child as their biological baby.

Stephanie Locker reportedly presented falsified documents to obtain birth-abroad paperwork.

The Associated Press