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Prosecutor: Rilya's caregiver a one-person 'crime wave'

Miami-AP -- A Miami prosecutor is describing the former caregiver of a missing girl, whose birth mother now lives in East Cleveland, as a one-person "crime wave."

Prosecutor Mark Smith's statement came as he tried to get a judge to increase Geralyn Graham's bond to 200-thousand dollars, citing new fraud charges filed against her this week.

The prosecutor denies the new charges are an attempt to pressure the woman into giving new information about the missing girl. Bond was set at 150-thousand.

Graham and a woman who claims to be her sister say Rilya Wilson was taken from them by a Florida child agency worker in January 2001, but the state denies that.

The alleged sister had custody of the girl under state supervision. The two women are facing fraud charges.

The state only learned of Rilya's disappearance in April, prompting criticism of the child welfare agency and the resignation of top officials.

There was no joy for northeast Ohio resident Gloria Wilson, Rilya's birth mother, as she marked her daughter's sixth birthday last month. Gloria told Action News that she continues to hold out hope.

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