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Social media posts accuse North Dakota woman of adoption scams; authorities investigating

Social media posts accuse North Dakota woman of adoption scams; authorities investigating
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The woman being investigated lives in Woodworth, North Dakota.

Her name, Betty Jo Krenz, started making the rounds with the allegations on social media earlier this week.

Krenz’s victims say she stole photos of children that did not belong to her, were not up for adoption and made it appear they were available for adoption.

Her victims, scattered across the Dakota’s and elsewhere, say she would then take these pictures to hopeful families who were waiting for a child.

Betty Jo Krenz would ask them to pay her thousands of dollars to process adoption documents, but would then never deliver the child.

This all came to light after an Oregon woman by the name of Autym Burke approached a South Dakota native, Jodie Blackboy, originally from Spirit Lake.

Autym had been promised a child by Betty Jo Krenz, then once she figured out this was scam she approached Jodie Blackboy who is the biologically mother:

“The lies went so deep. We named her, installed a car seat in our car and were planning to fly to North Dakota to meet what we thought was our daughter,” said Burke.’

Victims told WDAY News reporter Angeline McCall that Betty Jo Krenz was targeting Native American children three and under.

We also know that Krenz was once a social worker in Spirit Lake.

The Sheriff’s office says the Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also involved in the case.

We tried to contact Krenz, but her last known number has been disconnected.



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