Nampa Woman Arrested For “Egg Fraud”
A Boise woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury on multiple charges of defrauding egg donors. Janae Helgerson, 31, was arrested in Idaho Thursday. She appeared in federal court in Boise on Friday and was released under the condition she attend her future court appointments. Helgerson owned and operated Mid-West Egg Donation, a company registered in Boise, to match couples seeking to conceive a baby with women who were willing to donate eggs to these couples.
According to federal court documents, prospective clients paid a fee for its services and donors were supposed to be paid compensation of at least $4,000. Amber Puckett from Kirkwood, Missouri first spotted Mid-West Egg Donation online, on Craigslist. She wanted to donate eggs to get money and help a couple have a baby. She says she was contracted, and promised $5,000 dollars for a donation, which she made in 2009. Helgerson was indicted on three felony counts of wire fraud and three felony counts of making false statements. If convicted, Helgerson faces up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for each count of wire fraud, and 10 years in prison and the same fines for each count of making false statements.