Federal, state, city investigators search OKC law firm records

Tuesday, November 4th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Authorities investigating allegations of child trafficking searched the downtown offices of a law firm Tuesday, seizing records and computers.

The Boren and Boren law firm, operated by Robert and Rebecca Boren, specializes in adoptions. The Borens did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

The law firm has been under investigation for several years, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Charles Phillips said.

"Allegations of wrongdoing involving adoption and surrogate services have been made over the past several years, as far back as 1999, but there was nothing firm until the last three to four months," Phillips said.

The search warrant focused on records for 58 people, including birth mothers and fathers and adoptive families.

No arrests have been made, but investigators believe the records will show evidence of violations of the Oklahoma Corrupt Organization Prevention act, Phillips said.

He said those violations include trafficking in children, conspiracy to commit a felony, first-degree forgery, extortion, obtaining money by false pretense, embezzlement by an attorney and falsifying corporate records.

The police department's white collar crimes unit, the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office, the state Attorney General's Office and the Inspector General's Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services participated in the search.