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Surrogate agency head blamed in theft case

DALLAS, April 26 (UPI) -- The business partner of a Texas woman at the center of a surrogate parenting scandal says he's innocent and blames the head of the SurroGenesis agency.

Jack Kiserow -- business partner with Tonya Collins in an escrow company in which would-be parents' money was supposed to be safely stored in an account -- says Collins is at fault in the alleged disappearance of $2.5 million in client funds, The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday.

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"It wasn't supposed to function with her stealing client funds and crashing multiple companies," said Kiserow, of suburban Reno, Nev., who worked as a SurroGenesis regional director. "I want to see her (expletive) in prison."

Companies founded by Collins, 33, of Colleyville, Texas, are accused in a class-action lawsuit of stealing $2.5 million from people who hired her to find surrogate mothers. Collins is also being investigated by two federal agencies in what appears to be the largest of several recent scandals to hit the United States' burgeoning surrogacy industry, the Morning News reported.

Collins couldn't be reached for comment. When the newspaper asked her defense attorney if she denied misusing the funds, Kevin Clancy replied, "I can't really say anything but 'no comment.'"

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