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Jail term for fake DNA tests boss
Simon Mullane
Mullane was jailed for three years
A businessman who made up the paternity results for clients of his DNA testing firm has been jailed for three years.

Simon Mullane, 39, charged up to 600 for tests as managing director of an internet firm based in Poole, Dorset.

But Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Mullane was inundated with work and made up results for some 150 swabs which should have been sent abroad.

The 16 charges he admitted equated to a theft of 22,740 in total, involving 118 clients, the court heard.

Mullane, the former deputy chairman of Poole Conservative Club, carried out the deception between May and July 2002.

He asked for a further 102 offences to be taken into account, equating to around 150 test results in total.

Relationships broken

Prosecuting counsel, Roger Hall, told the court that the laboratories in Canada and America were supposed to carry out the DNA tests and e-mail the results to Mullane's firm, High Profile DNA.

He said: "Unfortunately for 118 people, that isn't what happened.

"What in fact this defendant did was he took one of the genuine original tests and simply cut and paste the details from genuine reports and these were then sent off to clients."

My sentence must reflect the consequences that have been brought about by these offences of theft
Judge Lester Boothman

The court heard details of three victims, including a man whose parents had built up a relationship with what they believed to be their grandchild.

His parents have now been denied access to the child, after he discovered he was not the biological father.

Another victim has separated from his wife because of the confusion over whether or not he has fathered a child with another woman.

The court also heard that a child born in France has a man named on his birth certificate who is not his biological father.

Under French law the child's birth certificate cannot be changed until he reaches 18.

Offences 'so serious'

Mullane was caught after a female client tried to contact the doctor in Canada.

The doctor told her that he had not carried out the tests and she reported the company to Dorset Police.

Sentencing Mullane to three years in prison for each count, to run concurrently, Judge Lester Boothman said: "These offences are so serious that a non-custodial sentence is not justified.

"My sentence must reflect the consequences that have been brought about by these offences of theft."

Mr Boothman did not make an order for compensation, but ordered Mullane to pay prosecution costs of 650.




SEE ALSO:
Fake DNA test sentencing delayed
31 Aug 04  |  Dorset
Man accused over paternity results
16 Jan 04  |  Hampshire/Dorset


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