Step brother's daughter's mother is committing food stamp/Medicaid/probably TANF fraud but I can't make myself tell on her
My step brother has a daughter with an ex girlfriend. The daughter is five years old. When he found out she was pregnant he tried to marry her and she refused. I'm not exactly sure why but here's what I've been told. Her parents apparently raised her on welfare and she knows nothing different. She didn't want to lose her welfare benefits (she was receiving for her son who is now an adult). My step mom even thinks she got pregnant on purpose once she realized she would lose benefits for her son when he turned 18.
Step brother has apparently secured a lawyer after five years because he is tired of her crap. He pays her child support of $400 under the table (not reported to family services as income). He isn't even recognized on her birth certificate as the father. She is taking the $400 and then asking for more money to pay for clothes, gymnastics and other things. Recently, as I understand it from my step mother, step brother, on the advice of his family and attorney, opened a checking account and started writing her checks for child support (to create a paper trail and save his butt from having to pay back child support once Family Services learns there is a known father). The mother refuses to cash the checks whining that it will create a paper trail. Duh, that's what he wants.
I've known about this the entire time but I'm afraid to tattle on her. The mother is already keeping my niece from her father as a tactic to get him to do everything her way. She could win Mother of the Year. Not!!!!! I'm more afraid of the consequences for my step brother. If Family Services finds out the mother might be even more vendictive and keep his daughter from him completely. At least until a custody arrangement is completed. I assume that is his main goal that and being recognized as her father. The reason he hasn't done this sooner is because of lack of money. I'm still not sure how he is able to do it but his choice to finally pursue this and be recognized as his daughter's father is important to him and to our family. He will have our full support no matter what.
What would you do? Or what do you suggest that I do? Tell or let the state find out through the process of him being established as the father and I assume a child custody case will result. I don't know how far along he is in the process. I don't talk to him directly. I will be laughing hard once she gets caught though. She will probably have to pay back all the benefits she received. She deserves it for what she has done to him and to her daughter.
EDIT: As far as I know there is no doubt that he is the father so unless the state requires it there is no need to do a paternity test. They were living together at the time she got pregnant. And I'm not the only one that knows about this. Our parents know (which is where I'm getting my information), my sisters and step sister (his sister). I'm sure her parents know too.
Although she has been pretty vendictive along the way, I'm sure it has gotten worse since he secured the attorney and has refused to pay her cash for the child support. I actually don't know if he told her that he has gotten an attorney. I don't talk to him much.