"This site is provided as a public service to intended parents considering medical tourism. Surrogacy in India is a very good options for building your family, but it is imperative to know the history of any provider you are considering working with." below are a whole host of reasons why you should not work with RUDY RUPAK Acharya and planet hospital. unscrupulous surrogacy operation in Mexico has left clients thousands of dollars out of pocket, and dozens of would-be surrogates abandoned, a Foreign Correspondent investigation has revealed.
Some of the clients are believed to be Australians.
At least one among the surrogates tracked down by Foreign corresponded miscarried after being fertilized with twins and received only a fraction of the cash she was promised.
The man behind the operation, Rudy Rupak, has done the same issue antecedently in 2 other countries, according to one among his former staff.
Earlier this year, Foreign correspondent exposed India's money making surrogacy industry, following two Australian couples on their own odyssey to make a baby.
Clinics giving an array of affordable fertility services are developing in cities, towns and villages across the landmass.
But despite urgent calls to the Indian government to legislate, the multi-million-dollar trade continues to control in a very restrictive vacuum, creating it terribly troublesome for would-be parents to navigate the system and avoid rouge operators.
It may be even riskier when would-be parents – those who are currently prevented from victimization surrogacy services in India because they are single or gay - begin to seem at the so called- "new frontier" countries wherever Commercial surrogacy continues to be in its infancy.
Mexico is simply such a Minefield. Planet Hospital is a US-based surrogacy brokerage firm offering a variety of fertility services in Cancun, Mexico.
When Foreign correspondent was 1st invited to examine Planet Hospital's Cancun operation last year, everything appeared rosy.
We were asked to go to the surrogacy house where women from poverty-ravaged components of Mexico and near countries were surrogates for childless couples from the U.S.A., Europe and Australia.
They were happy to supply their services and even happier with their prospective pay day.
We were introduced to clients like Massimo DE Lucia, a gay from California, who was excited regarding the prospect of a child, denied him in different surrogacy centres like India.
And we met Planet Hospital's founder and director in chief, Rudy Rupak, who claimed to supply sun, sea, sand and a baby via affordable surrogacy services to clients who perhaps couldn't afford it elsewhere.
"I'm the uncle to about 750 children round the globe," he said.
"It's an excellent feeling. To grow an organization that brings joy to people's lives is almost as near being Walt Disney as I will ever get."
Planet Hospital clients fleeced out of tens of thousands of Dollars
A subsequent tip-off from a really discontent Planet Hospital client shortly reveal that the Cancun dream was quick turning into a nightmare – clients fleeced out of tens of thousands of bucks each, surrogates abandoned, and a trail of unpaid bills that lead all the way to Mr. Rupak's up market home in a easy gated community in Los Angles.
We were put in touch with Catherine Moscarello, a US citizen and former worker of Planet Hospital, who had organized to commission her own surrogacy via Mr. Rupak and Planet Hospital.
Despite her best efforts to try to do correct due diligence, Ms Moscarello was horrified to discover she had been lied to about her own surrogate.
"We were told she was a 22-year-old single mum and she had a little boy. That is all we were told," she said.
"She was barely 18. Her son wasn't a boy, he was a baby. He was less than 9 months old and he had breastfed for a minimum of six of those nine months.
"In addition, she had uterine cysts which they did a procedure to remove the day before our transfer.
"I feel like we wasted 2 embryos. She wasn't qualified to be a surrogate. She ought to have not passed screening."
Ms Moscarello's personal experience prompted her to take a closer look at Planet Hospital and its processes.
She quickly realized that Mr. Rupak was less a Walt Disney and more in the mould of fraudster Bernie Mad off.
"Planet Hospital was run like a Ponzi scheme. With Rupak, its stall, it's stall, stall, and stall.
"He just puts you off and puts you off and puts you off."
Embryos locked away as bargaining chips in demand for more cash
Foreign Correspondent returned to Cancun, and as we dug deeper, a far more sinister picture emerged.
The surrogacy house was padlocked and disgruntled intended parents were out of pocket tens of thousands of dollars, some with their embryos stuck in limbo.
Fertility clinics, which had been employed by Mr. Rupak, were refusing to release the fertilized eggs because he had apparently not paid his bills.
Foreign Correspondent spoke to Mr. de Lucia back home in San Francisco, who said he had lost $US22, 500.
Three embryos were produced, but they are still locked away in a Cancun clinic.
The clinic is refusing to release them unless Mr. de Lucia pays another $US5, 000 to cover some of Planet Hospital's unpaid bills.
Mr. de Lucia says he is furious with Mr. Rupak.
"He's cheated too many people. [It is] one thing being cheated when you're doing a business transaction, but a very different thing is when you're playing with people's feelings and dreams," he said.
"It's really hard for a gay couple to have a kid and going through the surrogacy is a mess, and you're playing with that."
Surrogate struggling to cope with fallout of miscarried twins
Adriana Rincon, one of the surrogates Foreign Correspondent first met at the Planet Hospital surrogacy house, was couch-surfing in Mexico City, all but destitute, as she grappled with the emotional fallout of having miscarried twins in Cancun.
She received virtually no support when she lost the pregnancy and was clearly grieving the loss of babies she had never quite known how she would give away.
To add insult to injury, Ms Rincon had been paid only a fraction of the money promised.
Mr. Rupak had gone to ground.
Foreign Correspondent traced him to California, where he was still operating out of an office in Calabasas, a celebrity enclave outside Los Angeles.
He agreed to an interview to set the record straight, he said.
At once charming and apologetic, Mr. Rupak was still determined to put his point across.
For the people he has let down, it just does not compensate for the harm he has done.
"I for one believe he's a thief. There's no question in my mind," Mr. de Lucia said.
"Everything he does is calculated to preserve his interests and if other people are injured or harmed or scarred - not a big deal, no interest."
Mr. Rupak is now being forced into bankruptcy by former clients.
The FBI is also investigating Planet Hospital's surrogacy operations.
Mr. Rupak admits to making bad business decisions, but nothing more.
However, we were reporting a surrogacy story without seeing a single baby.
The largely unregulated new frontier of this international trade is a risky place to be - a Wild West for conmen willing to exploit people on both sides of the equation.
The game might be up for this rogue operator, but how many others are waiting in the wings?
And what is to stop them preying on the next crop of unsuspecting parents?