A recent article saw a man jailed for two years after faking a paternity test, after which he was also found to be illegally practicing medicine in the U.K. without a license. Not all paternity fraud stories have a bogus doctor, but similar reports in which the father tries to falsify a DNA paternity test result by sending in someone else’s (or even a pet animal’s) DNA can be found online.
DDC’s laboratory staff can spot many cues that indicate the possibility of paternity testing fraud based on the submitted DNA samples.
However, one of the best ways to avoid paternity test fraud is to take a legal DNA test, which uses the chain of custody process to properly identify the tested parties at the time of the DNA test. The sample collection is performed by a trained professional at a certified facility — such as a local hospital, medical office or health department. The samples are then sealed and tamper-proofed before sending to our laboratory for processing. Careful records are kept so that if any questions arise regarding the validity of the DNA test, DDC can provide proof of the chain of custody.
A legal paternity test is often required in cases involving child support, immigration, inheritance disputes, and other legal matters. Many private clients also choose this option although they are only taking the test for personal knowledge—undergoing the test with chain of custody allows them to use the results for legal purposes in the future, should the need arise.
For more information about DNA paternity testing and our stringent testing process, call us at 1-800-613-5768.