Georgia Woman Charged in Elaborate Child Support Plot

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Albany, GA (AP) - A 38-year-old woman was charged with five
counts of theft after convincing a man to pay child support for her
friend's baby.

Dougherty County Sheriff's Capt. Craig Dodd said Regina Thompson
used a friend's baby girl to convince her ex-boyfriend Joseph
Golden that the child was his so she could get child support.

He said Thompson was keeping her friend's child during the week
while the mother was attending classes. He said the girl's mother,
Lastraga McCloud, didn't know anything about the plot.

Dodd said the ex-boyfriend doled out more than $1,600 in five
payments over the next two years. He said "he was convinced the
little girl was his. They had pictures made at her birthday party
and everything."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Torrey Location: Albany on Jan 7, 2011 at 07:29 PM
    well, well well, this tends to let you know that you need to know who your friends really are. I am guessin that this lady was the "god mother". Sad to say that it took the child tellin the "father" that he actually wasn't. Who do we leave our children with these days? Just cuz you are friends with someone doesn't mean they can raise your kids or know what's best for you and your family.
  • by Brian Location: Dublin, Georgia on Jan 7, 2011 at 06:09 PM
    I deal with this all the time. If a man signs the birth certificate at the hospital when the child is born, he is in essence certifying he is the father. Therefore, if a man receives a notice of a child support action from Child Support Enforcement and did not sign the birth certificate, he has the right to DNA testing to prove if he is the father. However, he has to agree to pay the cost of the testing for the child and himself if the test indicates he is the father. Usually, the testing cost a total of $100.00 Even if the man is confident he is the father. The cost of legitimation is certainly a lot cheaper than paying a support order for a child that is not yours.
  • by REALLY? on Jan 7, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    Hey at least he attempted to pay for the child. MOST people run from their responsibilities. At least he stepped up! HOW DID THE CHILD SUFFER? He/she probably thought he/she had another aunt/uncle. The child will never remember what took place in this situation unless someone happens to tell them. The man is the victim in which I feel completely sorry for. I mean this man thought he had a child with this woman, loved he/she and tried to take care of he/she. I would say there is some serious emotional distress right there. I mean really???? She better pay some serious jail time plus pay him money back with interest....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2011 at 05:47 AM
    $1,600 over 2 years is nowhere close to enough to support a child, whether it was his or not, regardless of his income. She should definitely pay him back and serve some community service. But she should stay away from children! If she's crazy enough to plot this scheme, she just might be crazy enough to do worse. There are truly some sick people in this world. Poor child had no idea it was being used in a scam. Wonder what the real mom thinks of this. It's almost too outrageous to believe!
  • by David Location: Florida on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    I guess you think he should have payed more? I'm sure you know his income, expenses, bills, and what the "mother" asked for without a court ordered settlement right? Quit being a troll. This woman deserves to pay EVERYTHING back to the man, who now has to come to terms that the child really isn't his. But I'm sure you took that into account also right??
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:30 PM
    i completely agree but i feel sorry FOR THE CHILD! it's always the innocent that suffer... especially the consequences of their parents
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:10 PM
    1,600 in 2 years. I don't think he was really convinced the child was his.
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