A British man scheming to avoid financial responsibility for the child he fathered with his mistress tried to trick the system by sending a lookalike to take his place for a paternity test.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Thomas Kenny’s long-term girlfriend was pregnant with their second child in 2012 when he found out that he was about to be the father of another woman’s child as well.
The “highly manipulative” Kenny tried everything he could think of to avoid paying child support after his lover refused to have an abortion, the paper reported.
The Child Support Agency got involved, ordering a paternity test after Kenny denied that he was the father of the child.
That’s when Kenny got creative, sending in a lookalike to the agency on the day of the DNA test.
Judge Phillip Parker described him as “thoroughly dishonest” after finding him guilty of fraud.
“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,” Parker said.
“Morally, you cannot sink lower than that.”
The convicted fraudster tried to defend his reputation, saying the ordeal has made him a stronger person, according to the Mail.
“When we are young we do things we regret!” he wrote on his Facebook page. “And if you react in the right manner it can also help develop you as a person and also put you in a better position to help others!”
Kenny was handed a six-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay $1,000 compensation and $800 in fines.