Scandals: The Cruelest Kind of Fraud

A fertility doctor is charged with using his position of power and trust to secretly father his clients' children

They came to Dr. Cecil Jacobson's Vienna, Va., clinic from all over the Washington area, women and men desperate to conceive a child. As a fertility specialist, Jacobson was highly recommended. He was a brilliant geneticist who helped pioneer the amniocentesis procedure in the U.S. During office visits he liked to call himself "the babymaker." "God doesn't give you babies," he would tell his patients. "I do."

They gave him their trust and their money, but according to a federal indictment handed up last week, he deceived them. Not only did the babymaker tell women they were pregnant when they weren't,...

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