The Grand Forks Police Department and the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office have both launched investigations.
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 North Dakota, South Dakota and elsewhere, say she would then take these pictures to hopeful families who were waiting for a child.
Krenz would ask them to pay her thousands of dollars to process adoption documents, but never delivered the child.
This all came to light after an Oregon woman, Autym Burke, approached a South Dakota native, Jodie Blackboy, originally from the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota.
Krenz promised Burke a child, but when Burke figured out it was scam she approached Blackboy, who is the child’s 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,” Burke said.
Victims told WDAY News that Krenz targeted Native American children 3 and under.
Krenz reportedly was once a social worker on the Spirit Lake reservation.
The sheriff’s office says the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation is also involved in the case.
Krenz could not be reached for comment.