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Fertility broker pleads guilty to defrauding six Missouri women

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An Idaho woman who operated a fertility brokerage business has admitted to defrauding six Missouri women who provided eggs for the business.

Janae Helgerson of Boise, Idaho, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Sentencing is March 16.

Helgerson was arrested in February. Her business, Mid-West Egg Donation, matched couples seeking to conceive a baby with women willing to provide eggs. Federal prosecutors say Helgerson collected payments from couples, but egg donors in Missouri failed to receive nearly $30,000 owed to them.