Child Identity Theft
Nope, this is not like the typical identity theft issue where someone takes your name, DOB, and social security number to create false identities, this is worse! Child Identity Theft is a type of fraud more commonly referred to as Paternity Fraud. It happens when a mother deceives a man to believe that he is indeed the biological father of her child(ren) when she knows that he is not or perhaps even is unsure herself but continues to allow everyone to assume as such.
This type of fraud obviously creates a false and unhealthy relationship for all involved. It’s a huge disservice, to say the least, not only to the alleged fathers out there but to all the children involved…hence child identity theft. Imagine being a young child or even a teenager and find out that you have a different father out there somewhere. The difference in your eyes and ears and all those health issues you have had and that your “dad” never had now all make sense because that man that raised you was never your biological father to begin with.
In popular culture one of the most blatant examples of this alleged fraud is Klohe Kardashian, who is obviously very different looking in comparison to her short olive toned sisters. Kris Jenner, her mother, admitted to an affair around the time of Klohe´s conception years after the alleged father, Robert Kardasian, passed away. Then there were rumors that OJ Simpson could be her biological father, then a guy named Alex Roldan and now, there is this new rumored report that it could be Lionel Richie! Is it all indeed paternity fraud though? Only her, her (quote/unquote) family and their attorneys involved will ever know – but that’s what makes celebrity gossip…right? Another recent example of a true instance of this is actor Idris Elba from The Wire, who after a DNA test, learned he was not the biological father to his son. Elba describes the experience; “The celebration of having a son—from a man’s perspective, it’s massive! To be given that and then have it taken away so harshly was like taking a full-on punch to the face. …it is just tragic, and it happened.”
The worst part about it all, Paternity Fraud clearly meets the legal definition of fraud which under the law is defined as an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual. However, it is currently not considered fraud under the law – confused? So in essence at this point, women do not receive punishment/jail time for defrauding a man into believing the child he is raising is his own. Why is the law absent? Well, for one it boils down to money. Many state agencies would rather continue collecting child support even though these same men were not identified as the biological father through DNA testing. It is an uphill battle but one that is all slowing changing though thanks to the fact that DNA testing has now become more affordable and accessible as men across the nation are standing up for their rights, and most importantly, fighting for them.
If you are a presumed father stuck between a rock and a hard place right now and are thinking about having a paternity test done, give one of our DNA specialists a call to see what options are out there for you – as the old adage goes; “it’s better late, than never”. Call 1-888-522-8386.