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CPS gets tough on behalf of CMS

A prison sentence of two years has been imposed for a man convicted of faking a DNA test to deny paternity of his two sons.

This conviction signals a determination to get tough on those seeking to avoid their responsibilities through fraudulent means.

Paternity is also sometimes in issue as part of private law children proceedings and where that is the case safeguards are normally in place to ensure those providing the relevant samples  are in fact the people concerned.

It is not uncommon for the court to order that the provision of such samples, including DNA, blood, or hair samples (used for drug and alcohol testing) are undertaken often at solicitors offices, and in controlled circumstances, with an expert scientific testing organisation appointed.

Such issues are of course highly emotionally charged and incredibly sensitive for those involved.

At Wedlake Bell LLP we have considerable experience in supporting, guiding, and advising our clients on the most sensitive aspects of family life.


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. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Steven Dixon used a DNA mouth swab from a friend to send 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.