Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has announced a new list of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders. Abbott is asking for the public's help in finding the negligent parents.
"These parents turned their backs on their children by refusing to pay child support. Please help me hold these Child Support Evaders accountable by providing information that will lead to their arrest," said Attorney General Abbott. "Parents who avoid their responsibilities to their children must be apprehended and punished."
Statistics show ninety-two percent of the Attorney General's child support cases involve fathers who are required to make payments on behalf of children living with their mothers. In 2004, the A-G's office collected a record one-point-six billion dollars in child support. Much of that amount was made possible by fathers who make it a priority to pay their child support in full and on time.
Attorney General Abbott says, and research confirms, that fathers who pay regular child support are more likely to provide the emotional encouragement their children need to succeed in life. In addition, children with engaged caring fathers perform better in school, are more self confident, are more likely to exercise self control and are less likely to engage in risky behavior as teenagers.
For those deadbeat dads who don't live up to their child support responsibilities, the Attorney General's office is coming after you.
The Attorney General provides a toll free number, 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377), for reporting information on the whereabouts of missing Evaders. Photos of the Evaders are available on the Attorney General's web site at www.oag.state.tx.us. Many Evader arrests are made following tips from the public.
The Attorney General works with local law enforcement to arrest and incarcerate parents who are delinquent in their child support payments. All of the parents on the new list are wanted on civil or criminal warrants. They face jail time and monetary penalities for failing to pay child support.
The Child Support Evaders on the Top Ten List are being singled out because they have the ability to take responsibility for their children but refuse to do so. Incarceration is the only option for parents who flagrantly ignore a court's order to pay child support. The Attorney General's office helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.
For a parent to be named a Most Wanted Vhild Support Evader, a court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant must have been issued. The location of the parent must be unknown, and no child support payments made in the last six months. The parent with custody of the children must sign a confidentiality waiver before the Evader can be added to the list.
The Top Ten Evaders, with last known address and estimated arrears:
*Timothy Andrus owes $144,040 for two children in Midlothian. His last known address is Bennett, CO.
*Brad Henderson owes $85,198 for three chidlren in Beeville. His last known address is Beeville.
*Max Mata, Sr. owes $81,747 for one child in Odem. His last known address is Kahulua, Hawaii.
*Francisco Balderrama owes $44,329 for four children in El Paso. His last known address is El Paso.
*Curtis Dutton owes $40,599 for one child in Denton. His last known address is Post.
*Charles Silva owes $39,320 for two children in Carrollton. His last known address is Mansfield.
*Harry Bomnskie owes $35,556 for one child in Burnet. His last known address is Houston.
*John Lowry owes $30,899 for three children in San Antonio. His last known address is San Antonio.
*Kurt Lindner owes $27,109 for one child in Abilene. His last known address is Abilene.
*Jeffrey Waisath owes $25,171 for one child in Nederland. His last known address is Evadale.