Unfortunately we have very little new information on the ongoing scandal involving SurroGenesis and Michael Clark Holdings. SurroGenesis seems to still be operating and collecting donor and surrogate applications, though they have removed from their website any information on how they can be contacted. Office “locations”, phone numbers, staff listing and email addresses have been scrubbed from the site. At last count, more than 45 Intended Parents have been victimized and an untold number of surrogates and donors.
If you were working with SurroGenesis USA and/or the Michael Charles Holding Company, you need to contact attorney Sterling Johnson at 415.457.1214 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mr. Johnson is compiling a list of victims and providing that information to the FBI. In addition to contacting Mr. Johnson, you need to contact an independent attorney to discuss the current status of your surrogacy and/or egg donation arrangement. No matter where you might be in the process, there are steps that need to be taken to protect you and time is of the essence. If you would like a referral to an attorney who specializes in this area or would like to speak to one of our attorneys, please do not hesitate to contact us.
I also wanted to caution the victims of this tragedy to not necessarily assume that everyone affiliated with SurroGenesis was complicit in this criminal enterprise. It is not uncommon for agencies to list physicians, mental health professionals and attorneys on their website as potential resources. Often times these professionals are not even aware that their information is being shared or that their services are being promoted. It is also relatively commonplace for an agency to provide a list of local professionals for their clients to consider. Again, there is nothing inherently wrong with this practice. The real issue is whether these professionals had any financial interest in SurroGenesis, were aware of what was taking place and ignored it or had reason to suspect something was problematic and took no steps to mitigate their clients exposure. From all the information we have received, none of the outside medical, mental health or legal professionals were aware of what was taking place with the trust accounts.