A British man has been convicted of fraud after he tried to get out of paying child support by sending his doppelgänger to take a DNA test on his behalf.
In 2012, Thomas Kenny, 25, cheated on his pregnant girlfriend, with whom he already had one child.
When he realized that the other woman he had an illicit love affair with was also expecting, Kenny asked her to have an abortion, but she refused to do so, the New York Daily News reports.
Judge Philip Parker QC called him “highly manipulative” and “thoroughly dishonest” during a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court earlier this month.
“You wished her to have an abortion which she declined and then in December 2012, when you knew you were the father of her forthcoming child, you decided to deny paternity,” Judge Parker said, according to the Birmingham Mail. “As a result of that she she and the child were forced to undergo DNA testing. On 24 June 2013 you were required to provide a DNA sample to a doctor. One way or another you sent someone in your place.”
Heidi Kubic, Kenny’s lawyer, defended the 25-year-old’s character.
“He is obviously a young man who has made a big mistake in response to personal circumstances and the threat of losing contact with his two sons from his first relationship,” Kubic said. “He is a man who has been under enormous pressure and stress and has spent a number of months contemplating the prospect of going to custody.”
Kenny, of Stroud Road, Shirley, previously admitted conspiracy to fraud and was given a 6-month suspended jail sentence. He was also ordered to pay $1,000 compensation and $800 costs.
Judge Parker added:
The effect of what you did was to seek to avoid payments to the child that was genuinely yours. You are plainly the author of your own misfortunes. I have read references from people who suggest that you are normally a well behaved individual but the facts show that you can be thoroughly dishonest and highly manipulative. I know you are said to be the loving father of two children by your long standing relationship but this case shows you were prepared to disown a child of your own for financial gain. Morally you can not sink lower than that.