Man pleads guilty to $500k child support bill

A man indicted for failure to pay support for his children since 1998 has pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court. He was arrested in Canada living under an assumed name and extradited back to the U.S. In Georgia and elsewhere, child support is to be paid by non-custodial parents for the support of their minor children.

The man was required to pay $100 per month to his former wife when they divorced in 1989 for the support of his four children. In 1996, the U.S. Office of Inspector General stated that he sold his internet business for 2 million dollars. His child support was modified to reflect that unreported income. The amount of child support owed to his former wife was $559,000 as of 2014 when the case was unsealed.

A fugitive for almost 20 years, he has been labeled the "Most Wanted Deadbeat" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. The OIG becomes involved when non-custodial parents leave the state or country to avoid paying support. He was arrested earlier this year and deported from Cochrane, Alberta, Canada. Authorities believe he entered Canada under his real name then assumed another identity.

When child support is ordered by the court, it may be used for food, clothing and shelter, and it usually continues until the child reaches the age of 18. Until that time, the non-custodial parent is responsible for contributing to the support of his or her children. In Georgia, parents who have questions about child support or about collecting arrearages can contact a family law attorney to evaluate their case.

Source:, "'Most Wanted Deadbeat' pleads guilty to $559,000 child support bill", Emily Monacelli, May 7, 2018

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