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Child support fraud could lead to prison time

Child support is ordered as a means of ensuring that a parent lives up to the responsibility of being a parent and that a child is taken care of by that parent. When the family courts in New Jersey order a certain amount of support for a particular period of time, that order serves to protect both parents from any misunderstandings or claims of fraud. However, if a parent agrees to pay a certain amount rather than work through the courts, there may be no protection from fraudulent situations. A recent case in the news highlights the importance of having legal support and family court orders in place when dealing with child support issues.

The case involves a woman who is now facing prison time for allegedly committing fraud related to child support. The woman pleaded guilty to faking a pregnancy and collecting $1,000 a month from a man she had dated. She reportedly collected more than $100,000 over the course of six years.

The woman met the man through an online dating service. Several months after dating, she told him she was pregnant. The man agreed to pay her without a court order for fear of how much he would be ordered to pay, and no paternity test was ever done. Later, it was discovered that the woman was never pregnant and had sent him pictures of a baby that was not hers along with a fake birth certificate.

The child support fraud in this case could lead to up to 20 years in prison. The woman also faces a fine of up to $250,000, much more than she collected in fraudulent support. While child support issues in New Jersey may be emotional, and parents may be tempted to agree to settlements outside of the realm of the family court system, this case proves that legal guidance and trusting in the process is in the best interest of all involved.

Source: daily-journal.com, "Prosecutors: Woman faked pregnancy, collected $100,000 in child support", Rachel Warmke, Dec. 19, 2014

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