Dad Commits Paternity Fraud, Goes to Prison
By Robert Franklin, Esq.
18 June 2009
We've seen plenty of paternity fraud before, but always done by a woman. Usually she tells a guy - or allows her husband to believe
The other way a woman commits paternity fraud is to disappear from the man's life once she's pregnant. Or, if he asks her whose it is, she tells him it's someone else's.
However it's done, I have only seen two cases in which a woman paid any type of price for her deceit. Back in 1990, a West Virginia woman, Anne Conaty, became pregnant with her boyfriend's
In one other case, a Georgia man successfully got a judgment for return of child support
The buddy has been charged as well, and was also tried.
So what gives? Why is it that women can lie to men and courts about paternity without legal consequence? And it's not that he lied under oath that made the difference; in divorce cases women often swear that the child is the husband's without consequence when it's not. What the guy did was scurrilous, but the same holds true for women who lie about paternity.
If it's wrong, it's wrong.