If you were thinking about committing fraud on a paternity test, you may want to read about a paternity testing story where one man paid a price for doing just that. It just may persuade you that being honest in paternity testing is always the best policy.
A story about trying to fraud a paternity test
The Daily Mail Online reported on a retired Colonel who is now serving a 3-23 month jail sentence for having a classmate take a paternity test for him, in order to get out of his child support obligations. Scott Carlson was ordered to start his jail time, two years after his conviction, by a Pennsylvania judge after his last appeal was denied by the state supreme court. He was sentenced for scamming a paternity test for a child he conceived during an extra-marital affair with another soldier, who was also married. The child is now 13 years old.
When the mother of the child asked for an increase in child support, Carlson recruited a classmate from the Army War College to take the paternity testing for him. The classmate, Colonel Bruce Adkins, claims he was pressured by Carlson to take the paternity test after Carlson helped Adkins with his school studies. Carlson claims Adkins took the paternity test without his knowledge. Which do you believe?
The ploy was discovered when an attentive employee realized that one man went in to schedule the collection appointment for paternity testing and another man had his samples collected.
Because he tried to falsify paternity testing, Carlson was found guilty of seven counts including: solicitation to tamper with or falsify physical evidence and obstruction of the administration of law.
Would you try to falsify a paternity test?
Now, knowing Carlson’s paternity test story, would you risk trying to commit fraud on a paternity or other type of DNA test? Is it worth the risk of having to serve jail time?