A MAN who arranged a bogus paternity test to avoid paying around £26,000 in child support to his twin children has been jailed.
Dominic Contrino arranged for another man to provide DNA to the Child Support Agency after he was contacted by the children’s mother.
Contrino was arrested after a picture of the man purporting to be him was taken by CSA officials and it was shown to the mother who confirmed it was not him.
Contrino, 40, of The Ice Works, in Leeds city centre, was jailed for ten months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.
Leeds Crown Court heard Contrino had a brief sexual relationship with the woman and she gave birth to twins in 2008.
The mother contacted Contrino a number of years later and told him he was the father of the children but he refused to accept that he was. Christopher Moran, prosecuting, said a man purporting to be Contrino attended a medical centre in September 2013 to provide DNA. His photograph was taken and showed to the mother who confirmed it was not Contrino. Contrino was then contacted and provided DNA which confirmed that he was the father, He was arrested and continued to deny the offence.
He claimed he was the man who provided the original test. He told police he had shaved his head at the time which made him look different.
Daniel Prowse, mitigating, said the offence was unsophisticated and there was little chance of the deception working. He added that Contrino had been under financial pressure as he was paying for other children he had fathered. Describing the offence, judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “It strikes at the heart of the system and seeks to undermine it.”