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Woman indicted in adoption scheme

RED WING - A federal grand jury in Madison, Wis., has indicted a Maiden Rock woman on charges of wire fraud in connection with an adoption scheme.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office for western district of Wisconsin, Melissa Christensen, 31, has been charged in a 16-count indictment this week by a federal grand jury.

The indictment alleges that Christensen told several individuals that she was having a baby and wanted to put the child up for adoption. The indictment alleges that she never intended to provide a baby.

The indictment also alleges that Christensen received money from the victims for phone bills, travel, bail and other items.

According to the indictment, Christiansen contacted individuals in Texas, Arkansas, Virginia and Ohio about the adoption.

If convicted, Christensen faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each county.

The case was investigated by both the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.