Thomas Kenny, 25, a father of two, while still with the mother of his children, had an affair. When his mistress became pregnant, he tried to convince her to get an abortion, but failed to do so. He then hired a lookalike to take his DNA test for him. Yesterday the judge convicted him of fraud.
The judge determined that he clearly knew that he was the father, because when ordered to do a DNA test, he sent someone else. The judge further explained that Kenny started denying that he was the father only after his mistress refused an abortion. In June 2013, he was ordered by the Child Support Agency (UK) to take a DNA test. Instead, Kenny hired a lookalike to take the test for him. The test came back negative.
During this ordeal, Kenny maintained that he was not the father. The fraud was uncovered after another DNA test was done in regards to his other children. The DNA profile, unique to each person, was different on the test done with his previous children than the profile on the test done with the child from the mistress. This could only mean one of two things: fraud or laboratory error.
The judge ruled that it was fraud in part because Kenny has had a history of fraud. For another matter, he had previously admitted to conspiracy to defraud and was sentenced to 6 months, as well as to pay more than $1500 of penalties.
Judge Philip Barker QC said: 'I know you are said to be the loving father of two children by your longstanding relationship, but this case shows you were prepared to disown a child for your own for financial gain. Morally, you cannot sink lower than that.'
Read more: When doing a legal dna test, DNAForce will take the fingerprints of the alleged father and the child. A copy of those fingerprints will be on the final report. This makes it very easy for a court to verify the authenticity of the participants to the test, avoiding the problem mentioned in this article.