Daily outrage: Man charged with offering nonexistent kids for big fees

WHO: Long Island attorney Kevin Cohen

WHAT: He advertised that his own experience as an adopted child inspired him to help people seeking to start families. But Kevin Cohen, 41, is now charged with operating a Ponzi-type scheme that cheated couples from New York to Texas by promising to find them children that didn’t exist.

WHO’S ACCUSING HIM:
One Long Island couple got suspicious and told prosecutors they paid Cohen $60,000 in fees for a promised baby that was never delivered. As news spread, 15 other couples from New York, Georgia, Ohio and Texas came forward with similar stories.

HOW IT WORKED: Cohen came up with numerous excuses of why adoptions were delayed and more fees were needed. In classic Ponzi style, he partially refunded some disappointed couples with money he collected from other people he’d promised babies to.
 

editorialsOpinion

Just Posted

The music director Eun Sun Kim at the San Francisco Opera, Oct. 7, 2021. Kim is the first woman to serve as music director of one of America’s largest opera companies. She aims to broaden the art form’s appeal in the digital age. (Kelsey McClellan/The New York Times)
San Francisco Opera’s music director is making history. Can She Help Ensure Its Future?

Eun Sun Kim is the first woman to hold the position at a major company

Badly needed rain cooled off pedestrians on Market Street in The City on Wednesday. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Storm door opens in San Francisco — what will the rains bring?

‘Come Monday, fire season in Northern California should be done’

49ers' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo hopes to return to the field this weekend to lead San Francisco against the Colts. (Photo courtesy of 49ers)
NFL Week 7 picks: Niners face crucial matchup against the Colts

San Francisco could join Seattle on the brink of irrelevancy in the NFC West with another loss

Newly appointed City Attorney David Chiu will play a key role in an upcoming legal battle between gig economy companies and The City. (Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)
City Attorney David Chiu faces immediate test in major gig economy lawsuit

DoorDash and Grubhub are suing San Francisco over price controls

FILE — In-N-Out Burger, the popular California fast-food chain, is resisting San Francisco's public health rules that require indoor diners to show proof of vaccination. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)
When it comes to San Francisco vaccine rules, In-N-Out should heed Biblical advice

Burger chain’s vaccine fight distracts from its tasty burgers and French fries controversy

Most Read