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Man jailed for fake DNA test to deny parentage of two sons

|News, Fraud and economic crime

A man has been jailed for faking a DNA test so that he could deny being the father of his two sons to the Child Maintenance Service.

Steven Dixon
Steven Dixon

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Steven Dixon, 39, of Ash Acre Meadows in Warrington used a DNA mouth swab from a friend to send through to the Child Maintenance Service on 6 July 2018.

In October 2015 and February 2016, the Service had received applications from two women claiming that Dixon was the father of their sons and requesting support.

Steven Dixon was contacted by the Service and he sent off for a DNA testing kit that was delivered to Deerness Park Medical Group in Sunderland. He collected it himself and then asked a friend to provide a DNA mouth swab.

He submitted the swab to the Service with a form stating that the sample had been taken by Dr Jon Kisler at a surgery called The Quays on Thelwall New Road in Warrington on 6 July 2018. The form had been 'signed' by Dr Kisler.

DNA application form faked by Dixon
DNA application form faked by Dixon

In fact, Dr Jon Kisler had not completed a DNA test with Mr Dixon at any time. In a witness statement, Dr Kisler said he had not completed the form and the signature on it was not his. He had also never worked at that surgery.

As a result of the fake test, the Child Maintenance Service contacted the two women and said Dixon was not the biological father of the two boys and could not be asked to provide financial support.

But they contested this and an investigation began. A DNA test of the two boys showed them to be half-brothers which strengthened the women’s claims.

Dixon wrote to the Child Maintenance Service on 16 November 2018 saying: “The pursuit of myself from both you and my ex-partners is now becoming tantamount to harassment… this pursuit is now affecting my own life, as if it wasn’t traumatic enough on both occasions to find out neither of these children were mine at the time, when I believed them to be, to now having to re-live it all again and even on having it proved by yourselves by DNA that they are not mine, to then still be being pursued. It is simply not acceptable to be allowed to continue.”

On 23 November 2018, a speculative search of the National DNA database by police found the submitted mouth swab to match with the DNA of a man called Kenny Jones.

Jones was arrested and said that Dixon had asked him to provide the swab so that he could send it to his alcoholic father, to try and prove he wasn’t his son. No money was exchanged between the men.

Dixon was arrested on 18 July 2019 and interviewed but denied the claims and said the doctor and the GP practice manager were liars. He was taken into custody and a DNA sample was taken which matched that of the two boys.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of Making or Supplying Articles for Use in Frauds and today (15 September 2020) at Chester Crown Court he was jailed for 18 months.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Maqsood Khan, of CPS Mersey-Cheshire’s Fraud Unit said: “Steven Dixon is a liar and a cheat who has gone to extensive lengths to deny the parentage of his two sons.

“Investigations showed that he had been at the birth of both of the boys and his signature was on their birth certificates. Indeed he seems to have played a part in their lives for a period.

“But that changed and he has now turned to criminality to avoid his obligations to his children. His apparent indignation at the work of the Child Maintenance Service to get to the truth is audacious to say the least.

“His deception has no doubt caused distress and hurt to the women and their children and he is now behind bars. The Crown Prosecution Service hopes that this case shows that those who try and lie and cheat their way out of their responsibilities will face the consequences.”

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