A variety of reports reveal that positive pregnancy tests are offered for sale on the Internet. People from Orange County and other points across the United States can purchase positive pregnancy tests, perhaps to be used to threaten a paternity action. Some purchased pregnancy tests may also be used to request a marriage proposal.
In addition to raising questions about morality and ethics, the sale of positive pregnancy tests may also constitute a criminal act. For example, a pair ended up sentenced to jail after faking a pregnancy and a subsequent miscarriage. Family members, friends and employers provided money to the couple, acting on the belief that a miscarriage occurred. One of the people involved in the scam named a former boyfriend as the father.
According to the defense attorney who represented Kobe Bryant in his high-profile sexual assault case, people who mislead others in this manner for financial gain may be charged with the crime of theft by deception. The possibility exists that the person who sold a positive pregnancy test online might also be charged with criminal conduct connected with act of providing the fake pregnancy test results.
A lawyer specializing in family law may be able to assist in issues related to the establishment of paternity in California. This may include the development of a visitation or parenting time schedule, child support and other matters associated with the child. The attorney may also become involved in a case in which a false allegation of paternity is made.
Source: The Atlantic, “Faking a pregnancy is inadvisable; Courts agree“, Keli Goff, September 06, 2013