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    Trial starting for woman accused of faking pregnancy

    By Matt Krupnick


    An Oregon woman accused of faking pregnancy to bilk adoptive parents out of
    money for plane tickets, rent and other expenses is headed to trial this week.

    Jury selection begins today in the case against Maya-Anne Mays, 33, in Contra
    Costa Superior Court. She is charged with three counts of accepting money or
    goods under false pretenses.

    Mays was arrested in March after a Walnut Creek couple who had agreed to adopt
    Mays' baby found out she wasn't pregnant. Alette and Robert Temple said Mays
    cost them at least $8,000 during the three months, January through March, that
    they paid her expenses.

    Mays' attorney, Mitch Stevens, said the allegations revolve around a
    misunderstanding about Mays' pregnancy.

    Mays actually was pregnant when she agreed to the adoption, Stevens said, but
    gave birth to a stillborn baby. By the time of the stillbirth in Oregon,
    authorities had already decided to arrest Mays, he said.

    The Temples reported Mays to Walnut Creek police the day before she was
    arrested. Police said then that Mays miscarried much earlier.

    Defense arguments are helped by Mays' 80-pound weight loss since shortly before
    her arrest, Stevens said.

    "If the jury believes she was pregnant during this, then she couldn't have
    taken money under false pretenses," he said.

    The Temples are one of three Contra Costa couples prosecutors say Mays fooled.
    Prison time would serve her well, Robert Temple said.

    It was not immediately clear how much prison time Mays faces if convicted.

    "We're glad that the wheels of justice are turning," Temple said. "We expect
    her to be convicted, and we think that's a good thing."

    Prosecutor Matthew O'Connor was out of town last week and could not be reached
    for comment.

    The case has also spawned a civil lawsuit against Mays and the adoption
    facilitator who brought her to the Temples in January.

    The Temples say Nancy Hurwitz Kors, who works in Walnut Creek, insisted Mays
    was pregnant and encouraged the couple to keep paying living expenses. Kors
    says Mays gave her a positive pregnancy test from a Utah clinic, and a Contra
    Costa County doctor did not give Mays an ultrasound or retest whether she was

    "They can't blame me because she wasn't pregnant," Kors said. "It's Maya's
    fault, and she put one over on everybody."

    Authorities say couples in Concord and Danville were also conned by Mays.

    The Temples said they became suspicious when Mays refused to allow a local
    doctor to examine her. Stevens said his client turned down the examination
    because a nurse, not a doctor, planned to look at her.

    "She didn't want to be examined by a nurse practitioner," he said.

    The Temples have since adopted a baby girl, who is now 3 months old.

    A good friend will come and bail you out of jail . . . but, a true friend will
    be sitting next to you saying, "**** . . . that was fun!"