He had just dropped out of college and he needed to earn more money. He was already working as a janitor and waiting tables, but prospects for this fresh college dropout were not looking good. So he turned to sperm donation to supplement his income, and he went to Atlanta-based Xytex Corporation to begin the process. However, this young man would soon find himself twisted in a web of lawsuits, and at least 10 families are now trying to figure if he might be responsible for the lies they were told.
Sperm Bank Fraud Showdown: Just Who Is Responsible for All the Lies?
The young college dropout is now 39 years old, and working as a graduate research assistant at the University of Georgia (UGA). On his way to getting to his current position, he earned a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, but the road was long and hard.
The man struggled with schizophrenia, drug induced psychotic disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, and delusions of grandeur. He was even arrested a few times. However, he still managed to get a degree and earn employment for UGA, though it was a struggle. So why was he billed as a genius with several degrees on his sperm donation profile?
The company told clients that this college dropout had an IQ of 160 just like Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. It told those clients that he had multiple degrees and was pursuing a doctorate in neuroscience. Xytex also reportedly doctored photos of the college dropout and hid his struggles with mental illness. While researching their children’s biological histories, 10 families that had conceived children using sperm from Xytex learned about this man’s background. Now they want the company to answer for the deception.
These 10 families have taken Xytex to court for emotional pain and suffering as well as the expense of having their children evaluated for mental illnesses. They also want the company to pay for any mental care the children might require in the future. Xytex claims that it informed these parents that the company’s vetting process was based upon the answers given by the donor during the evaluation process. But there’s another wrinkle in that claim.
The sperm donor at the center of this controversy turned himself over to police on August 23rd. He claimed that he defrauded the parents of the 36 children birthed using his genetic material because he lied on his donor evaluation. However, he also claims that he was encouraged to lie on the form by Xytex employees. Company employees allegedly told the man that his sperm would sell better if he claimed he was highly educated with a high IQ.
So who is responsible for this case of in vitro fraud, Xytex or the donor? For now, families of the children are focusing on the corporation, and claiming that the company duped the donor who was desperate for cash. Do you think they are right? Tell your Georgia malpractice attorneys what you think by logging onto Facebook and Twitter. Plus, keep following our blog for more updates on this strange case.