Monday, December 13, 2004

KRQE News 13 - Gov wants investigation into child support scam

How often have you heard about scams like this? Maybe not where no 'real' child existed but too often women are playing games with the paternal parent. The courts and child services agencies have skewed so far in the other direction from 30 years ago that now men are the ones getting scammed all the time. Is it not possible for Social Service Agencies and Judges to have just a little bit of common sense. Is that too much to ask of a public servant? I guess it is!

Gov wants investigation into child support scam
Source: AP

ALBUQUERQUE -- Governor Richardson's office is calling for an investigation into how a man was forced to pay child support for a child that didn't exist.
Steve Barreras was hauled into court, peppered with threats and paid out $20,000 in child support. Then his ex-wife was ordered to produce the child in court.

So last week -- Viola Trevino picked up a two-year-old girl and her grandmother off the street and promised them a trip to see Santa Claus. Instead, she allegedly took the girl into court and said she was her daughter.

The elaborate ruse stretched over five years and involved fake DNA evidence, a forged Social Security number and birth and baptismal certificates.

State District Judge Linda Vanzi ruled the child did not exist.

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