A dad who wanted to get out of paying maintenance to the mother of his child asked a friend to provide a DNA sample so he could dupe the Child Support Agency, a court heard.
Steven Lee George, aged 42, was jailed for 12 months by a judge at Sheffield Crown Court after he admitted ‘causing a false DNA sample to be supplied for paternity testing’.
The court heard George, of Grosvenor Road, Woodlands, Doncaster, was approached by the CSA in relation to the paternity of a child in May 2011.
A CSA spokesman said: “He disputed the paternity and undertook a DNA test at his own expense, which came back negative.
“This was disputed by the other parent, so a second one was undertaken under agency supervision. This returned a positive result.”
George was interviewed under caution by officials from the CSA and denied knowing the child’s mother.
Then he was shown a picture of the person who had taken the first DNA test, and admitted it didn’t look like him but claimed he had since lost weight and shaved off his beard.
During a second interview George was told the second DNA test proved he was the child’s father.
He admitted the offence and told officials he was ‘absolutely scared pantless’ - and hadn’t admitted his guilt because he’d ‘had his head in the sand’.
The CSA spokesman said George admitted he’d got a friend to take the first test on his behalf, but refused to name him.
George pleaded guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court and, after the case was committed to Sheffield Crown Court for sentence, he admitted DNA fraud and was jailed.