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LIST OF DOCUMENTED PATERNITY FRAUD AND CHILD SUPPORT FRAUD CASES

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circle23_blue.gifCarnell Smith, director for Citizens Against Paternity Fraud,  says, "Two people are walking away with no responsibility at all -- the biological mother and the biological father.  They had their fun, now they walk away."

circle23_blue.gifRaymond Jackson, paternity fraud victim, says, "It's like the legal system is saying, let your wife cheat on you, have children by other men, divorce you, and now you have to pay for it all"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mandatory DNA issued with the birth certificate, (a simple swab test) would have kept many of the women in the cases below from mistakenly (intentionally or unintentionally) identifying the wrong fathers.  It would have prevented a great deal of emotional and psychological damage for the children, the fathers and their families.  Please support an automatic DNA test for any child to be a part of the birth certificate in the United States.

 1.     "There is an epidemic sweeping the nation", says Carnell Smith, of Decatur, GA. Smith is a paternity fraud victim and has been an inspiration for Kevin, myself and our family.  Carnell Smith formed a national group called Citizens Against Paternity Fraud and has a web site at PaternityFraud.com.  He now travels the country seeking legislative reform.  Smith, an engineer paid more than $40,000 in support for 11 years to an ex-girlfriend's child he assumed to be his, until she requested more money in 1999.  He then took a DNA test and discovered he wasn't the father, but the court ordered him to pay $120,000 anyway.  Smith says, "Paternity fraud is the only crime where the victim is persecuted for the actions of the guilty party."  Smith filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes of establishing a broad precedent that would spare other men from his predicament, but the high court refused to hear the case.  Smith contends that non-fathers should be reimbursed by the mother for child support paid under mistaken belief of paternity.  "We men have been duped and shanghaied and made into involuntary servants," Smith said.  "If you want men to be responsible for the children they bring into the world, you've got to make women responsible too."  Smith began lobbying the Georgia legislature to change laws that limited the admissibility of DNA tests.  In May, 2002, the effort passed, so now in Georgia at least some default dads can overturn support orders using DNA evidence, regardless how much time has elapsed.

2.     Bert Riddick, technical instructor, of Carson, CA, was erroneously named by an ex-girlfriend as the father of her child.    Riddick said he was about to leave on a business trip in 1991 when an ex-girlfriend had named him as the father of her newborn child.  His then-fiancee had received the summons at their home and hid it in anger.  Riddick went on his trip and missed the hearing. By the time Riddick realized what had occurred, the statute of limitations for challenging paternity had passed.  As a result, Riddick, his wife and three biological children suffer as they have fallen from the middle class to homelessness, living with in-laws, because he is forced to pay $1,400 a month in child support and arrearages.  His children ages 3 to 11, cram into one room.  He lost his drivers license for missing support payments and rides a bus 75 minutes to work.  Like many paternity fraud victims, Riddick has never met the child he is supporting.  Riddick is one of the victims that would have been helped by AB 2240, that was vetoed by Governor Gray Davis.  (See Litigation link on main page)  Riddick was devastated by the veto.  Davis vetoed it for the money.  Mothers in these cases should be forced to do what they should have done all along:  disclose the true identity of their children's fathers so the state can then approach the real fathers to establish paternity and child support, or honestly admit that they don't know who the sperm donor is for that child.  Riddick says, "Davis and his supporters say they did this for the children.  Let him come to my house and explain to my children why this is good for them.  The system lies to children about their own parentage and Gov. Davis thinks that's OK.  The system defrauds thousands of innocent men and wounds their families and Gov. Davis thinks that's OK.  The system puts money ahead of truth and justice and Davis thinks that's OK.  What kind of message is this sending to our children?  Think of it.  I can get out of jail for murder based on DNA evidence, but I can't get out of child support payments".

 3.     Taron James of Torrence, CA, Navy Veteran from the Gulf War, had a DNA test in 2001 that excluded him as a father.  James had paid $12,000 in child support and $38,000 fighting the system since 1996 about a child he doesn't even know.  James admits he had an affair with the mother, but it ended a year before her child was born in 1992.  James paternity fight has been going on for 8 years.  James has been barred from using his notary public license, even after producing convincing DNA evidence and notarized testimony from the mother that her 11-year-old son, whom he's seen exactly once and looks nothing like, is not his child and that she no longer seeks his support.  James says his name was placed on the child's birth certificate without his consent while he was on a Navy tour of duty, then the mother refused to take blood tests for eight years, and he became aware of a default order against him only when the Department of Motor Vehicles refused to issue him a driver's license in October, 1996.  By that time, James had missed all the relevant deadlines, the court was unimpressed with his tale of woe, and he has since coughed up $25,000 in child support via liens and garnishments.  "I contact Child Support Services, and their whole thing is, 'Take us to court.  You don't like what we're doing, take us to court,'"  he says.  "Whether or not you're the biological father doesn't matter -- if someone's got your name, and you've failed to participate in the court date, then you have an obligation to pay child support, period."  Victims like Taron James, lost at least two jobs while putting his life on hold for eight years so he could fight a judgement that should have never been made.  "I'm a veteran -- I fought for and defended my country," James says, sitting in a Torrance, CA, park down the street from his great aunt's crowded house, where he lives with his girlfriend and splits his time looking for work and driving to Sacramento to lobby legislators.  "To be treated like this is ridiculous.....Right now, I'm fully disgusted with California and the United States for allowing this to go on after I put my hind end on the line."  The judgment has cost him $50,000 including his $24,000 military college stipend.  A separate suit, filed in civil court, seeks monetary damages from the mother and Los Angeles county officials, all of whom defrauded him, said his lawyer, Marc Angelucci.

4.     Tony Pierce was served papers by a police officer accusing him of being the father of an 8 year old girl in a county east of San Francisco.  He knew it was a mistake, he'd never heard of the mother of the child and he'd never lived in Northern California.  At the time of conception, he had a monogamous relationship that lasted two years.  The front page of the document gave vague instructions on how you may respond and that he had 30 days.  One instruction was to call the county to discuss the case.  Pierce called three times that day , the next day he reached a case worker for the first time.  Pierce did everything he was told over the next three weeks of phone tag, except for comprehending that the 30-day deadline for denying paternity in writing was etched in federal law, regardless of what he discussed with the child support authorities.  The authorities never once told him the clock was ticking.  Says Pierce, "All they were doing was delaying me from doing what I needed to do," he says.  "It's a huge scam -- huge scam..... They're just counting the days.  They're Like, 'Sucker, sucker, sucker.'...And this is the government!"  Two months later Pierce received notice that a "default judgment" had been entered against him and that he owed $9,000 in child support.  Unemployed at the time, his unemployment check was garnished.  Pierce's attorney was able to get the default judgment set aside -- not canceled -- on grounds of excusable neglect and mistaken identity, thereby blocking the wage garnishment until the mother and child settled the question once and for all by checking their DNA against Pierce's.  Nearly three years and $10,000 in legal expenses later, they are still waiting for the mother to comply.  "They have failed her," Tony Pierce says of Contra Costa County's efforts on behalf of his supposed daughter.  "If they feel good about themselves and to go to heaven because they are fighting for women --no, they're going to hell, because they have not found this woman's father, and they have tried to fuck me over...What they should have said right away is, 'Hey look, this isn't the guy; let's get the right guy.'" 

5.     In 1992, when Dennis Caron filed for divorce his wife hinted that he may not be the father of their child, which a DNA test confirmed.  His experience has turned Caron into a campaigner for changing Ohio's child support law.  Caron, 43, a corporate recruiter, said he paid for his DNA test after his divorce. He said the result made him feel betrayed but he still loved the boy, now 9.  (article written in 2000).  I wanted shared legal custody, but I wanted her to identify the real father.  Caron said he sued to stop paying child support only after his ex-wife cut off contact with the child.  He said she does not tell her son who the real father is.  Caron stopped making child support payments in 1997.  He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for refusing to pay child support.  He was released when his ex-wife's new husband adopted the child.  Caron is setting aside $530 each month and has a bond against his home in case he loses his battle and has to pay up.  Ohio law lets a man ask a judge to correct a paternity ruling within a year.  Men who don't find out before then cannot end support payments even with +DNA+ testing.

6.     Morgan Wise of Texas, says he found out by accident three years after his divorce that he wasn't the father of his three of his four children.  The youngest, born with cystic fibrosis, called for a blood test to see if he had the recessive gene.  If his child hadn't been sick, he never would have known he wasn't the father.  Wise, a railroad engineer, went back to court for child support but the court ordered him to continue paying $1,340 a month in child support. His ex-wife has since remarried.  Wise says, "Why do I have to pay this woman who is not being held accountable?"  Wise would rather spend the money directly on the children.  Wise, had his visitation rights terminated, is now spending time with the children again, but his ex-wife threatens to take the visitation away the if he doesn't do something she approves of.

7.     Murray Davis in Michigan, formed Dads of Michigan to help other men who are in the same situation.  A month after his marriage of 20 years split up  in 1995, Davis learned that two of his three children were the biological children of his now-former best friend.  He keeps in close contact with his children, but parental rights and child support orders were teminated  He wants to help others do the same.  Davis says in testimony before a Michigan Senate committee hearing recently, "We are a country of laws that should equally protect the innocent and hold the guilty responsible, why should we continue to pursue, incarcerate or hold in financial bondage an individual who can prove his innocence via irrefutable evidence?  Men are just kind of tired of being victimized."

8.     Gerald Miscovich, a computer programmer from Pennsylvania, says he obtained +DNA+ evidence of his non-paternity, but lost a seven-year battle to avoid paying child support to his ex-wife.  Although his son was 22 months old when he separated from his wife, Miscovich did not take a +DNA+ test until the boy was 4.  A Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled against him in changing the lower court ruling, saying "family interests" outweighed blood tests.  He says he has spent about $70,000 in legal fees and has paid $35,000 in child support.  He continues to have $537 a month garnished from his paycheck for child support and has six more years of payments to make.  "Somewhere out there is a deadbeat dad and I am paying his bill," says Miscovich.

9.     Damon Adams, a dentist of Michigan, is paying $23,000 a year in child support for a child that is not his.  She is the product of an affair.  Now Adams is lobbying the state for relief.  Adams says he's willing to directly aid the child he'd thought was his but doesn't want to give his ex-wife any more cash.

10.     Manual Navarro, construction worker, was accused by a woman who lived in his neighborhood as father of her twin boys.  A summons was sent to his sister's home, which he wasn't aware of.  Navarro didn't respond in 30 days and a judge entered a default judgment establishing paternity and ordered Narvarro to pay $247 a month child support.  He sued to have the child support order thrown out, but was denied.  Then Mr. Navarro won on appeal in 2004.

11.     Darin Reeves of Rancho Santa Margarita has paid over $50,000 in child support and welfare reimbursements to support a child he did not father.  In June 2000, California's 4th District Court of Appeals ruled that Reeves, who has a child of his own to support, would have to continue paying.  Since 1995, Reeves has spent $11,000 in legal fees fighting the erroneous paternity finding.

12.     Patrick McCarthy, 41, of New Jersey, a package courier, has paid child support for 13 years for a child that is not his.  Says McCarthy, "DNA equals truth.  Obviously there's more to fatherhood than genes.  However, to pay support on a non-biological offspring should be an individual choice, not ordered by the courts."  

Disclaimer:  All the data and information included in these cases was taken from free information available on the Intenet by a search on the individual's name. The validty of this information is not the responsibility of this web site.