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Police: Man sent imposter to paternity test

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) A Syracuse-area man has been accused of sending an imposter to take a court-ordered paternity test.

James Durney, 40, of Chittenango was charged Tuesday with tampering with a public record and filing a false instrument, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor criminal impersonation.

``He didn't feel like paying child support, is what the problem was,'' state police Investigator Mark Nell said.

The man police said was sent to take the test instead, 34-year-old Neil Simon of Pittsfield, Mass., faces the same charges, The Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.

Police said they think Durney and Simon are relatives.

The mother of a girl born in May protested after the paternity test showed Durney was not the father. When county employees showed her a photo of the man who took the test, the woman called authorities.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
 
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