France: “Dad” to 55 children arrested on paternity fraud charges

Posted by: ST on September 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm


PARIS (Reuters) – A Paris man who registered 55 children by 55 different mothers faces up to 10 years in jail and fines for suspected paternity fraud and for helping to obtain residency under false pretences, police said on Friday.

The 54 year-old of African origin, who authorities did not identify, was arrested in his two-room flat in Paris during a police raid which yielded documents showing more than 50 people were registered as living at that address.

Police suspect the man was involved in a social benefits scam which could have been costing the state over 1 million euros ($1.27 million) annually in claims by the mothers.

“At the moment 42 women have been identified and each claim that the man is the biological father of their child,” Paris police said in a statement.

Authorities said the man claimed he met the women at bars, night spots and occasionally during visits to their home countries, including Senegal, Cameroon and Mali.

He should have come to America to do this if he wanted to get away with it. Here, the government doesn’t call it “fraud.” They call it “welfare.”

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4 Responses to “France: “Dad” to 55 children arrested on paternity fraud charges”


  1. Carlos says:

    The guy gives a new meaning to the phrase, “religion of piece.”

  2. Jane Sampson says:

    Why does the story include a picture of a white baby having ‘his arm measured at The Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado’ when it’s about ‘a 54 year-old of African origin’?

  3. Kate says:

    Jane what did you expect from a Reuters news story????

  4. Don says:

    What if he is the father? I knew a young man some years ago who had over two dozen biological children. It’s not impossible.

    Will they prosecute him then for having a lot of kids?