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Prosecutor: Paternity scheme involved dead rats, cow tongue

March 22, 2019

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a man took extraordinary steps to avoid responsibility for a child, even paying $500 to another man to assume his identity and take a paternity test.

The Macomb County prosecutor filed charges against Ken May. He’s accused of paying another man to get a driver’s license in May’s name and take a DNA test.

Investigators say it worked — until the child’s mother watched surveillance video and told police that the man who took the test wasn’t May. May is also accused of putting dead rats and a cow’s tongue outside the mother’s door after she helped unravel the scheme.

Prosecutor Eric Smith calls the case “egregious.”

May is charged with tampering with evidence, intimidating a witness and other crimes. It’s not known if he has a lawyer yet who could respond to the allegations.