A father has been convicted of fraud for sending a lookalike to take a paternity DNA test so that he could avoid paying child maintenance.

Whilst he escaped an immediate jail term, he was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for 12 months.

It is reassuring to see someone who took such drastic steps to avoid his obligations being convicted, given the ongoing concerns we have in the legal profession about the ability of the Child Support Agency/Child Maintenance Service to force defaulters to pay. Let us hope this is not a one off prosecution!