ND woman sentenced for violating federal sentence

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A Grand Forks woman who avoided prison time after she was convicted in an adoption fraud case has been ordered behind bars for violating terms of her sentence.

Amy Petrick originally was sentenced in September 2010 to six months in a halfway house and six months of home confinement, after she pleaded guilty to two federal fraud charges.

Authorities say Petrick failed to obey rules at a Fargo halfway house and lied to a probation officer. U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced her to five months in prison.

Federal prosecutors say Petrick and another person were involved in a scheme to defraud aspiring parents through a San Antonio, Texas-based adoption service.