WASHINGTON – More than three years ago, a Maine district court judge ruled that Geoffrey Fisher no longer had to pay child support for a child that wasn't his.The article goes on to claim that paternity fraud rates could be as high as 30%. That seems improbable to me, but I don't know.
But that didn't stop the state from revoking Fisher's driver's license and coming after him for thousands of dollars it says he owes in back payments.
Last year, Maine sent Fisher, 35, a letter seeking $11,450 in child support, even though officials know that DNA tests proved he isn't the father of the child in question.
When I was in family court on Thursday, the case ahead of ours was a man who got tricked into admitting paternity and paying child support. He produced a DNA test that proved that he was not the father. The mother was there, and did not contest the result. He was relieved of making any more support payments. The mother was not prosecuted, and did not have refund any of her fraudulently-obtained money.