Man can’t get refund thousands he paid in child support despite DNA proving he’s NOT father
Men who engage in sexual acts with women they don’t know can run into some sticky situations. Furious Steven Carter is fighting to get the money back after paying the Child Support Agency but waited 23 YEARS to have the paternity test.
Steven Carter has been involved in an 11-year dispute with the CSA after he was accused of being the father of a girl he has never met. DNA tests taken this year by Steven and the girl – now aged 22 – finally proved they were not related. But furious Steven, aged 49, said the CSA have rejected his demands for the money to be paid back. He said:”I had a one night stand with the mother of this girl on two occasions. She was with a boyfriend at the time. She obviously looked at me like a cash cow. I work in a nightclub and the CSA contacted my employers and took my money. They accepted her word with no proof at all. I always said she was not my child. Now the British Government seem to be penny-pinching off me. I work all the hours I can every day and have not had a holiday in nine years. I have had to borrow :£20,000 from my father to keep going. Over the years the CSA has taken all my money.”
Security boss Steven – who suffers from dyslexia – had payments of :£86.31p per week deducted from his salary by the CSA from June 2007 until April this year. He paid :£1,000 to take a private DNA test in February.
But dad-of-two Steven, from Exeter, said the CSA has refused to repay him the money even though officials promised in two separate letters that he would get a rebate if he was proven not to be the girl’s dad. One letter written by a CSA manager in August 2013 – referring to a private DNA test – said: “If this shows that he is not the parent of the child then he will be refunded back any money he has made (sic).”
Steven’s lawyer Kate Baker said:”We have not been provided with any legislation from the CSA which justifies them withholding payment to our client.”
Not sure which is worse; a system that rewards women for participating in risky sexual behavior with gullible strangers or men who trust loose women. I can vouch that people who keep themselves morally clean don’t ever run into this kind of trouble, especially in places where the court system is drowning in corruption– pays to be smart and chaste!
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