Daisybug

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Daisybug last won the day on January 15 2015

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    Intended Parent pursuing an international surrogacy journey using donor eggs and my husband's sperm.

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    Montgomery, IL
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    Snow and water skiing, SCUBA diving, riding motorcycles, animals and travel
  1. At a Change of Plea hearing held last week (Thursday, March 9th) at the defendant's request, the founder & CEO of Planet Hospital, Rupak Acharayya aka Rudy Rupak, aka Rudolph Matthews, aka Kevin Thomas Rudolph Matthews (the defendant) changed his original plea of "not guilty" on four felony criminal counts and instead entered a plea of "guilty" to a single felony criminal count ~ violation of 18 USC section 1952(a)(3) ~ Interstate or Foreign Travel in Aid of Racketeering Enterprise…a crime that carries a maximum possible penalty of up to 20 years incarceration in a federal prison, possible entry of an order for monetary restitution and the optional revocation of his LPR status which could result in his permanent deportation from the U.S. back to his country of origin which is Canada. His sentencing hearing is presently scheduled to be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in San Diego Federal District Court. I know that most of us count this most recent development as a long awaited victory and that many of us share a feeling of relief in knowing there is finally a judicial declaration that his actions were criminal and the significant harm and trauma suffered by numerous IPs which was caused as a result of Rupak's criminal acts will not be ignored or go unnoticed. Although justice won't truly be served and this disaster won't finally be brought to a close until Rupak is officially sentenced and the criminal case is over, we most definitely celebrate this "guilty" plea and are proud with what we have managed to achieve together so far! I will provide a final update on this criminal case at the conclusion of Rupak's sentencing hearing shortly after May 22, 2017.
  2. New to surrogacy in the Chicago area

    Welcome smssung. I'm really sorry you've encountered so many challenges while trying to create your family and I wish you the very best of luck in finding the kind surrogate you're seeking. My husband & I are IPs as well so I can definitely relate to some of the emotions you're experiencing. The heading of your post caught my attention because we're also in the Chicago area so I was thinking that we may very well be neighbors! If there is anything I can do to help in anyway, please let me know!
  3. More than three years after the whistle was first blown on Rupak and the Planet Hospital disaster, the wheels of justice have finally started turning... The official news release issued by: OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA San Diego, California United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy For Further Information, Contact: Assistant U. S. Attorneys Christopher Tenorio (619) 546-8413 and Valerie Chu (619) 546-6750 For Immediate Release Broker Accused of Stealing Millions from Clients Trying to Have Babies through Surrogates in Mexico NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – June 22, 2016 SAN DIEGO – Acharayya Rupak, founder of San Diego-based medical tourism company Planet Hospital, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he stole more than $2 million from infertile clients who sought his help in finding surrogacy services. Rupak, a Canadian national living in Calabasas, acted as a broker between his clients and Mexican clinics that provide egg donors, in vitro fertilization and surrogates. According to the indictment, Rupak pocketed money from American clients that he was supposed to use to pay the clinics for various surrogacy services. The clinics didn’t get their money; the clients never received the services. “People who seek the help of a surrogate are on an exhausting, expensive and emotional journey,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “They shouldn’t have their dream to have a child trampled by someone they trust to help them.” “Though the FBI investigates many types of fraud, it is concerning when victims have been taken advantage of because of their desire to start a family,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric S. Birnbaum. “The FBI will use our resources appropriately to root out fraudulent surrogacy schemes that violate the trust of the American public.” Rupak, who has also used the names Rudy Rupak, Rudolph Matthews and Kevin Thomas Rudolph Matthews, made his first appearance in federal court Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Major. Bond was set at $50,000 and Rupak’s next court hearing is scheduled for July 25 at 2 p.m. before U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant. Medical tourism companies like Planet Hospital facilitate travel to foreign countries to undergo medical procedures such as gastric bypass, organ transplants, tummy tucks or hip replacements at a more affordable price. In this case, Rupak acted as an intermediary, connecting U.S. clients with egg donors and in vitro fertilization clinics and surrogates in Mexico. Rupak’s medical tourism business had addresses in San Diego, Calabasas and Calexico. In 2008, Rupak began offering international surrogacy services, which is the practice of paying a woman to have an embryo transferred to her womb and bear the child for someone else. Beginning in September 2009 and continuing until at least January 2014, Rupak solicited international surrogacy clients, luring them in with promises of discounted prices and then hitting them with additional fees later. He convinced them to send him thousands of dollars by falsely representing that their funds would be put into escrow accounts and used only to pay for medical services. But according to the indictment, Rupak failed to forward the clients’ funds to service providers such as egg donor companies, IVF clinics and surrogacy services. These companies would then demand additional funds from Rupak’s clients, who had already paid for the services. To cover up the theft, Rupak created unauthorized websites and email addresses in the name of a clinic and its physician in order to send emails to Planet Hospital clients, giving excuses for why Planet Hospital had not provided promised services or falsely claiming that surrogacy procedures were unsuccessful. Rupak lied to his clients about success rates and falsely claimed ownership interest in two IVF clinics in Cancun, Mexico, the indictment said. Once the deception started snowballing, Rupak operated his business like a Ponzi scheme, using funds from new clients to pay for services provided to existing Planet Hospital clients. DEFENDANT Case Number 16cr1333 Acharayya Rupak Age: 48 Calabasas, CA SUMMARY OF CHARGES Wire Fraud – Title 18, U.S.C., Section 134 Maximum penalty: 20 years’ imprisonment and $250,000 fine AGENCY Federal Bureau of Investigation *The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. Kelly Thornton Director of Media Relations Office of the United States Attorney Southern District of California 619.546.9726 Kelly.Thornton@usdoj.gov
  4. Thank you Traci. I had to wait until there was an actual article posted as I only had a PDF of the actual indictment and was unable to link the PDF but here is a link in case anyone is interested...http://timesofsandiego.com/crime/2016/06/22/owner-medical-company-indicted-ripping-off-infertile-clients/
  5. Thanks so much for the assistance Traci. Unfortunately, the document isn't "linked" anywhere yet, it's just in PDF and I'm not able to attach a PDF anywhere I can see. Not THAT important this moment. I'll link when it's been published somewhere in a few days if at all.
  6. Yesterday in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, San Diego a federal indictment was executed against the founder and CEO of Planet Hospital Acharayya Rupak also known as Rudy Rupak also known as Rudolph Matthews also known as Kevin Thomas Rudolph Matthews. After many years of causing grave harm to the people in the international surrogacy community, Rupak was finally arrested, detained, charged, entered a plea to those charges, required to post bond in exchange for his continued freedom and will soon be participating in a criminal trial for felony crimes he’s been charged with. Although, he must be found guilty at trial in order for true justice to be done ~ those of us who were unfortunate to encounter him at any point along the way as well as those of us who suffered harm yet continued to fight together to bring him to justice ~ many of us are relieved that we finally made it this far and for now, we feel just obtaining the indictment is a victory all of its very own. No idea what the next scam will be or who the next group of survivors he’ll be responsible for creating but he won’t be causing harm in our sacred community ever again and if there truly is justice, he won’t have the ability to do so anywhere else for an extended period of time either. I’ll post updates and details for those that are interested as I obtain them. I have a copy of the actual indictment but as I rarely post here (more of a reader that writer in this group), I don't know how to attach it to my post. If anyone is interested in seeing it and could tell me how to post it, I'd be happy to do so.
  7. That's awesome! It's so nice to be reminded that there are many wonderful people out there in the world that value the relationships in their lives and that take the time to do something special for the people they love! You are blessing them and they are being a blessing in your life as well.
  8. NEW LIFE AGENCY -GEORGIA

    New Life is an agency that specializes in assisting IPs with international surrogacy journeys in several different countries founded and operated by a very successful international businesswoman named Mariam. They have a rather unique business model compared to the manner in which most other agencies operate in the international surrogacy community and the New Life group is very successful overall. Often confused with the New Life Insurance Group but definitely two completely different businesses.
  9. Good morning Rainbowtree and welcome to the group. I liked your introduction and I look forward to following along with your journey! Wishing you the best in March and hoping to hear great news!
  10. Hi Cat, we're also looking into CARE and CEFAM. We're travelling to Mexico next month. Have you guys decided which agency to get back to? Hope to hear from you. Do you mind sending me an email at xchris000@yahoo.ca? Thanks, Ryan Hey Ryan, I'm happy to send you an e-mail overview of the high quality surrogacy clinics in Mexico that as you have listed: (1) CARE Surrogacy Center Mexico and (2) CeFAM Is there anywhere else you are giving serious consideration that you would like to add? If so, please do so in your reply. As it would be inappropriate on my part and a disservice to our international surrogacy community overall for me to offer an overview of just one special clinic when asked for information about surrogacy clinics in Mexico because my goal is to provide as much accurate and complete information about the clinics as possible to enable each IP to make an intelligent and well-informed decision that he feels confident making. Therefore, I will provide information on, no fewer than two, clinics. And in the event that one or even both of the clinics on the request list are clinics that I stay very far away from, I will provide a brief explanation of my concerns with reference to the "stay very far away from" (bad) clinic. And then I will replace them with one or two high quality replacement names and discussion thereof and the IP can take it from there! Please confirm the clinics you would like me to discuss as well as any specific details with reference to the clinics that you consider an important part of the discussion. Hi DaisyBug, I would also love to hear your review of CEFAM and Care surrogacy, both of which we are also considering and will be choosing one this summer. Thank you, GreenEarth Hi GreenEarth, Since I don't think I can PM yet on the site, if you would like information about CEFAM and CARE Surrogacy Mexico, please feel free to e-mail me at daisygirl0101@gmail.com I'm happy to help in any way I can!
  11. Planet Hospital~ Bankruptcy

    My husband and I were in a very unique situation when it came to our relationship with PlanetHospital. On the personal side, we were first time IPs using PH's Cancun surrogacy program to try and realize our dream of having a baby. On the professional side, I was the Director of Client Relations for the PH Cancun surrogacy program and my husband was their U.S. based legal counsel. We were so new to the surrogacy world and Rupak was very skilled at showing all his positive media and explaining away the negative comments, that we fell for it. And I joined the team as FCC had abruptly terminated their relationship with PH (due to what I later found out was failure to pay bills and unprofessional behavior) but because of the unannounced, unauthorized clinic switch, many of the IPs were ready to leave and Rupak used me by telling me he needed me to make changes, to make things better, to fix what was broken and then he told the clients not to leave b/c he had hired someone that was going to be able to address their concerns. So out of 21 sets of IPs that were furious and extremely frustrated, 20 decided to stay (I've called them "my 20" ever since). But what I didn't realize until much later was that I never had a chance. Rupak never had any intention of making changes. He had no interest in operating an honest, ethical, competent surrogacy business. He just hired me so it would look like he was trying and then clients wouldn't leave and ask for their money back, which they eventually did anyway after I finally left. It was a horrific experience and Rupak, They caused a great deal of suffering and harm. But my husband and I saw a huge need for quality surrogacy services in Mexico so we decided to take what we learned from PH (which was everything NOT to do), use our horrific experience as a learning opportunity and create something good out of the bad. So we did months of research, travel and due diligence and ultimately assembled an incredible team of surrogacy service professionals to assist us in coordinating surrogacy journeys for IPs in Mexico through our new company, IP Conceptions LLC.
  12. Hi Cat, we're also looking into CARE and CEFAM. We're travelling to Mexico next month. Have you guys decided which agency to get back to? Hope to hear from you. Do you mind sending me an email at xchris000@yahoo.ca? Thanks, Ryan Hey Ryan, I'm happy to send you an e-mail overview of the high quality surrogacy clinics in Mexico that as you have listed: (1) CARE Surrogacy Center Mexico and (2) CeFAM Is there anywhere else you are giving serious consideration that you would like to add? If so, please do so in your reply. As it would be inappropriate on my part and a disservice to our international surrogacy community overall for me to offer an overview of just one special clinic when asked for information about surrogacy clinics in Mexico because my goal is to provide as much accurate and complete information about the clinics as possible to enable each IP to make an intelligent and well-informed decision that he feels confident making. Therefore, I will provide information on, no fewer than two, clinics. And in the event that one or even both of the clinics on the request list are clinics that I stay very far away from, I will provide a brief explanation of my concerns with reference to the "stay very far away from" (bad) clinic. And then I will replace them with one or two high quality replacement names and discussion thereof and the IP can take it from there! Please confirm the clinics you would like me to discuss as well as any specific details with reference to the clinics that you consider an important part of the discussion.
  13. Planet Hospital~ Bankruptcy

    I am the "Moscarello" in the attached article. I am also the IP presently responsible for organizing the Involuntary Chapter 7 Bankruptcy and I am very happy to provide you with an update from our most recent hearing which was a Status Conference held in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Woodland Hills Division on Thursday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. At that hearing the ultimate (and highly desirable from our perspective) outcome was the judge ordered that the Order for Relief be entered in this case and that Order should be entered no later that this coming Wednesday, April 9th. Once the order is entered, A Chapter 7 Trustee will be (almost immediately) assigned to administer the case, a date will be set for the 341(a) Meeting of Creditors (held approximately 30 days in the future) and Rupak will be ordered to file all of the required Schedules, Statements and Related Documents for this case with the bankruptcy court by two different deadlines - he will have 7 days to file a Matrix (which is the Master Mailing List that the court uses to notify everyone involved about what is happening in the case); and he will have 14 days to file the balance of the required documents with the court. Having a Chapter 7 Trustee appointed is huge because she has the power to go into PH, remove him from the entire operation permanently and close the doors forever. She also has the authority and the resources to begin a very detailed and complete investigation into all the fraudulent financial activity - and there was a lot of that. She really has a great deal of authority and ability to get things done and for all of the IPs out here (some who have been waiting for over two years to see something done) the forward movement in this case has been uplifting and encouraging. And I have a very positive feeling that it will continue to be so. More to come... :)/>