Police: Man Sent Imposter To Take Paternity Test
Pittsfield Friend Also Facing Charges
POSTED: 7:07 am EDT October 6, 2005
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A Syracuse-area man has been accused of sending an imposter to take a court-ordered paternity test.
James Durney, 40, of Chittenango, N.Y., was charged Tuesday with tampering with a public record and filing a false instrument, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor criminal impersonation.
"He didn't feel like paying child support, is what the problem was," state police Investigator Mark Nell said.
The man police said was sent to take the test instead, Neil Simon, 34, of Pittsfield, Mass., faces the same charges, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.
Police said they think Durney and Simon are relatives.
The mother of a girl born in May protested after the paternity test showed Durney was not the father. When county employees showed her a photo of the man who took the test, the woman called authorities.
"Can you do me a favor? Ah, c'mon man, I'd do it for you! No one will ever know."