Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Trevino Sentenced In False Child Case

The Albuquerque woman accused of creating a fictitious child to obtain government benefits and child support was sentenced in court Friday.

Trevino was accused of faking the existence of a child, then bilking the government out of thousands in benefits and her former husband Steve Barreras 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. Barreras has sued the company that provided the false DNA test results.

In August, Trevino entered pleas in 13 counts, including false imprisonment, fraud, conspiracy and five counts of perjury for lying about her actions in court.

In a sentencing procedure Friday, Trevino received a 21-year sentence with 15 years suspended.

Outside the courtroom, Barreras' wife Shelly was relieved but still astonished at the whole ordeal. She said she and her husband are still deciding whether or not to relocate in another state.

"The minute she steps out of jail is the minute we start watching our backs," Barreras said. "She's told me numerous times that one of us will die. That, you know, we did this to her she did not do this to us."

Trevino Sentenced In False Child Case - Albuquerque News Story - KOAT Albuquerque

My two cents-

If more people were held accountable for the lies they tell in court .. America would be a much better place to live.

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