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Az Couple Arested in Child Custody Freud Case

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Posted: Nov 28, 2012 5:46 PM PST Updated: Nov 28, 2012 5:46 PM PST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A Maricopa County couple is facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding the court system and dozens of families.

Television station KPHO reports (http://bit.ly/SuyCpo) that Ciara and Michael Coultrap, the owners of Legacy Family and Children Services in Mesa, have been under investigation for months.

Maricopa County sheriff's investigators believe the couple provided child custody mediation services but weren't qualified to do so.

The investigation began after the sheriff's office received complaints from families that were represented by the Coultraps in court. Authorities say the number of victims could be in the hundreds.

The Coultraps have been arrested and search warrants were served at their business Wednesday.

Phone listings for the Coultraps went unanswered Wednesday evening. It wasn't immediately clear if they have an attorney.

Information from: KPHO-TV, http://www.kpho.com/

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