In an effort to assist those individuals who have been affected by this case, this webpage has been developed to provide court and case related information. This does not replace written notification to those identified as victims of the charged offenses, it simply provides an additional resource from which to obtain information.
All proceedings involving this case will take place before the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman, Theodore Levin United States District Courthouse, Courtroom 100, 231 W. Lafayette, Detroit, MI 48226.
03/22/2019 - Judge Bernard Friedman entered an Order denying defendant's Motion To Set Aside The Order Of Detention and affirmed the Magistrat Judge's Detention Order. A Plea Cutoff/Final Pretrial Conference has been scheduled for April 30, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. A trial date has been scheduled for May 21, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Please check this web page or contact the United States Attorney's Office to confirm court dates and times, as changes may occur with little notice.
03/21/2019 - On March 20, 2019 the Court scheduled a hearing to address the defendants Appeal of Detention Hearing. This hearing will take place on March 21, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. before the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman.
03/20/2019 - On March 20, 2019 the Court cancelled the Notice to Appear as to Tara Lynn Lee. A new date and time has not been scheduled by the Court as of this posting. Any updates will be posted to this webpage.
03/08/2019 - On March 7, 2019 a federal grand jury returned an indictment charging Macomb County resident Tara Lynn Lee with eighteen counts of wire fraud. Lee operated in Michigan under the name Always Hope Pregnancy and Education Center. Neither Lee nor her organization were licensed by the State of Michigan to facilitate adoptions or match birth mothers to adoptive families. Yet from 2014 to 2018, Lee repeatedly paired birth mothers with adoptive parents. Lee represented herself to adoptive parents as a licensed social worker with a legitimate adoption agency.
The indictment sets forth specific allegations of wire fraud. On several occasions, Lee matched more than one set of adoptive parents to a birth mother. Other times, Lee matched adoptive parents with birth mothers that did not exist, were not pregnant, or had not decided to place their child into adoption. Lee accepted payment from prospective adoptive parents for these fraudulent matches. The indictment identifies over $200,000 that Lee received from fraudulent matches in 2018 alone.
The FBI Detroit Field Office is continuing to identify additional victims and investigate new allegations against Ms. Lee. The FBI requests and encourages anyone with information on Tara Lee or her organizations to contact the FBI’s hotline at 313-965-2227.
Please note that an indictment is only an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. At this time there are no court hearings or court appearance dates scheduled for this defendant. Updates, to include scheduled court hearings, will be posted to this website as soon as they become available.