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Second arrest made in fraudulent paternity test case

"Both men believed to be responsible for the alleged forgery of a paternity test in Port Orchard have been caught.On Oct. 25, a 21-year-old Port Hadlock man was arrested for having his friend impersonate him in a paternity test taken in Port Orchard last month.Noel Parker, the alleged father, was charged with forgery, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.His friend, Chris Shuff, was arrested Oct. 24 and charged with the same type of felony.In September, Parker was ordered by the Kitsap County Superior Court to take a paternity test at Child Support Enforcement Services (CSES) in Port Orchard. Rather than submitting to the test himself, Parker apparently sent his friend, Shuff, authorities said.Port Orchard Police said Parker’s ex-girlfriend, the mother of a 1-year-old Bremerton boy, realized something was wrong when the test results were negative. CSES officials there showed her a photo of the man who took the paternity test. The man in the agency’s file photo was not Parker, but Shuff, who the Bremerton mother knew only as “Chris,” police said.Shuff was arrested after a jailer at the Jefferson County Sheriff Department recognized him in that same photo, police reported."

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