The last article identified here states that “Viola Trevino’s plea bargain begins the final chapter of a case that made national headlines.” That statement is most likely not true, because Shelly and Steve Barreras have not yet and most likely never will be reimbursed for the $20,000 in child support they paid for a virtual child, a child that never was. Yet, that is not on account of inability to pay by the major culprit in the case of one of the worst cases of known paternity fraud ever aided and abetted by a criminal, in this case the State of New Mexico.
The information on this page was copied from the website of Fathers for Life, from the web page that contains advice to men.
…The lesson to be learned from these stories is that if you are in Court to dispute child support obligations or custody issues, first of all make sure that the children are yours; and ideally make sure of that long before the case winds up in court. Do it right after the birth of the child. Still, that won’t help much in a case like the following one.
Woman created a “virtual child”, a child that never existed in reality but did exist on forged documents, still, the alleged father had to pay
…first wife Viola Trevino gave new meaning to Paternity Fraud when she created a virtual daughter based on a DNA sample from her ex-husbands adult daughter. With the help of accomplices, she created a Child that Never Existed but that came complete with a Birth Certificate, a Social Security Card, a Medicare Card, and a judicial claim for child support that reached the sum of $20,000.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE – ONE BILLBOARD AT A TIME
By Gordon E. Finley, Ph.D.
November 16, 2006
See also an earlier related story:
Agency culpable in child-support scam
by Wendy McElroy, Dec. !7, 2004
One: Trevino had kidnapped the child moments before to pass off as her daughter.
Two: the “real” daughter never existed.
Three: the “father” and ex-husband Steve Barreras had paid $20,000 in child support.
Four: the system finally noticed Trevino was lying. (Full Story at foxnew.com)
Update 2008 08 01:
Woman Accused Of Creating Fake Child Makes Plea Deal
Viola Trevino Enters Pleas For 13 Of 24 Felony Counts
August 1, 2008
The Albuquerque woman accused of creating a fictitious child to obtain government benefits and child support appeared in court Friday.
Viola Trevino’s plea bargain begins the final chapter of a case that made national headlines.
Trevino is accused of faking the existence of a child, then bilking the government out of thousands in benefits and her former husband out of tens of thousands in child support….
The plot included fictitious DNA tests and even a baby taken off the street for an appearance in family court….(Full Story)
Note: It will be interesting to see whether Steve Barreras and his wife Shelly will be getting the $20,000 back (with interest, of course) from the State of New Mexico that the State extorted from them for a child that Steve and Shelly [and the State of New Mexico] knew right from the start he could not have fathered. Steve had undergone a vasectomy before he could possibly have fathered the child he was supposed to have fathered. WHS