Duluth Couple Targeted in Adoption Fraud

Florida Woman Arrested for Adoption Fraud Involving a Duluth Couple

Detectives assigned to the Economic Crimes Unit have arrested a woman for adoption fraud in Tampa, Florida that involves a Duluth couple.

Thirty-one year old Carrie Cutler was arrested at the Budget Inn, located at 4011 Columbus Drive E., in Tampa on June 8th for two counts of adoption fraud.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s detectives, their investigation began in March 2016, when they were notified by a local adoption agency of suspected fraud.

Detectives say Todd and Alyssa Holmstrom, of Duluth, applied with Florida-Adoptions in 2015, to help them adopt a child.

In July 2015, Cutler, who was pregnant at the time, signed a pre-birth agreement for the adoption with the Holmstrom family.

Later that same month, Cutler provided ultrasound photos and indicated her expected date to give birth was in March 2016.

According to detectives, Cutler visited Brandon Regional Hospital-ER for complications with her pregnancy in August 2015.

Cutler was informed by medical staff at the hospital that she had a miscarriage.

The Holmstroms and the adoption agency were never informed of the miscarriage.

Detectives say three weeks after learning she had experienced a miscarriage, Cutler sent the Holmstroms a text message claiming “It’s a girl”, misleading the Holmstroms into believing she was still pregnant.

The Holmstrom family continued to make thousands of dollars in payments to the adoption agency which indirectly went to Cutler for various living expenses.

In October of 2015, the Holmstroms traveled to Tampa from Minnesota for a scheduled meeting with Cutler.

While waiting for Cutler to arrive, the couple was informed at the last minute that Culter was unable to meet them, so the Holmstroms traveled back to Minnesota.

In February 2016, Cutler sent a misleading text message to the Holmstroms and the adoption agency, claiming “the baby is fine” and a “C-section” was scheduled for March 2016.

On the expected due date in March 2016, Cutler contacted the Holmstroms and claimed that doctors had postponed her delivery date.

Detectives say that the Holmstroms traveled back to Tampa in March, in anticipation for the birth of the child.

Then they met with Cutler for the first time in Pinellas County.

Detectives said Cutler continued to mislead the couple and at one point during the Holmstroms meeting with Cutler, claimed that the baby was “kicking” as she pointed to her stomach.

Days later, Cutler contacted the Holmstroms and claimed that doctors miscalculated her original delivery date and she was not due to give birth for another six weeks.

The Holmstroms returned home to Minnesota without a baby.

In late March 2016, the adoption agency obtained records from Brandon Regional Hospital, and learned that Cutler had a miscarriage seven months earlier, in August 2015.

According to detectives, Cutler received approximately $13,464, post-miscarriage for expenses that included rent, food, medical and phone.

After her arrest Cutler was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail without incident.

The investigation continues.

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