Attorney General Greg Abbott Seeks Public’s Help
Combined, these parents owe more than $521,000 in unpaid child support
AUSTIN- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Child Support Division today released its annual Top Ten List of Texas’ Most Wanted Child Support Evaders.
Under Texas law, the attorney general is obligated to release the list, which names parents who owe a combined $521,181 in overdue child support. The subjects are eluding authorities to avoid arrest for failing to pay their court-ordered child support. With the list’s release, Attorney General Abbott asked Texans to help authorities locate the missing parents.
“Parents have a moral and legal obligation to support their children,” Attorney General Abbott said. “Those who ignore their court-ordered child support obligations must be held accountable for violating the law. We urge Texans to help us locate parents who are wanted by authorities for failing to pay their child support.”
The Child Support Division maintains a toll free number, (866) EVADERS (382-3377), so that Texans can provide information on the whereabouts of missing evaders. Photos of the evaders are available on the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov. In recent years, many missing parents have been located thanks to tips from the public.
The Attorney General’s Child Support Division works with local law enforcement to locate and incarcerate delinquent parents when courts issue warrants for their arrests. All of the parents on the new evader list are wanted on civil or criminal warrants. They face jail time and monetary penalties for failing to pay child support.
The child support evaders on the Top Ten List were selected because they have the ability to take responsibility for their children but refuse to do so. Incarceration is the only option for parents who repeatedly ignore court orders requiring them to pay child support. The Office of the Attorney General helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.
The Attorney General’s Child Support Division is directed by state and federal law to help collect child support for Texas families. The division handles more than one million cases and collected $2.6 billion in child support the fiscal year that ended Aug 31. More than $13 billion in child support has been collected during the Abbott administration.
To satisfy the Texas Family Code’s requirements that certain delinquent cases be released to the public, the OAG’s Most Wanted Child Support Evader list helps raise public awareness about noncustodial parents who owe more than $5,000 and are the subject of an arrest warrant. To help ensure this tool is limited to those cases where the public’s assistance is most needed, the OAG requires both that the parent’s location be unknown and that the parent failed to make child support payments during the previous six months. Additionally, the parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. Parents 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:
Jimmie McCullough owes $133,866 for two children in Fayetteville.
Last known address: Texarkana
Edward Ringo owes $106,968 for three children.
Last known address: Conroe
Michelle Falco owes $48,413 for two children in Richardson.
Last known address: Algonquin, IL
Angela Keller owes $45,017 for two children in Houston.
Last known address: Livingston
Dean Greer owes $39,837 for one child in Nacogdoches.
Last known address: Nacogdoches
Ricky Mooring owes $34,794 for one child in Killeen.
Last known address: The Colony
David Long owes $32,370 for one child in Mesquite.
Last known address: Gardena, CA
Jack Neal owes $28,455 for three children in Daisetta.
Last known address: Daisetta
James Hoffmeister owes $22,566 for one child in Midland.
Last known address: Coppell
Jose Avalos owes $18,769 for one child in El Paso.
Last known address: El Paso
A total of 94 evaders have been arrested or located since Attorney General took office in December 2002. Anyone with information about a child support evader should contact the Attorney General by calling (866) EVADERS (382-3377) or e-mailing [email protected].
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