HOUSTON - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today named ten Texans as "The Most Wanted Child Support Evaders." These Texans repeatedly fail to pay substantial amounts of child support and willfully evade arrest.
"Those on the Most Wanted Child Support Evader List and anyone who owes child support should know that my office will use every legal means to see that they own up to their responsibilities," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I ask the public to assist us in finding these Evaders. If you have a tip, please call our hotline at 1-800-797-5437."
The Office of the Attorney General works with local authorities to arrest and incarcerate delinquent noncustodial parents. Eight of the these Evaders are wanted on civil warrants and face up to six months in jail. The other Evaders (Harvey Joe Herndon and Jason Fuller) are wanted for felony non-support and can serve two years in prison if convicted.
For a parent to be listed as a Most Wanted Child Support Evader, there must be a court-ordered obligation with delinquent support in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of the noncustodial parent must be unknown, and the parent has not made any payments in the last six months. The noncustodial parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. To make information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.
Evaders - with estimated arrears as of January 20, 2000 and last known address:
Armando Salinas owes $180,179 for four children (Hidalgo County and Austin)
Last known address: Edinburg, TX
Harvey Joe Herndon owes $172,602 for one child (Dallas)
Last known address: Wylie, TX
Jason E. Fuller owes $87,902 for four children (four cases in Midland)
Last known address: Columbus, Ohio
Donny Lee Gantt owes $73,332 for three children (Austin)
Last known address: Everett, Washington
David Matthew Thomas, Jr. owes $58,253 for one child (Lubbock)
Last known address: Leander, TX
David T. Rhone owes $45,713 for five children (five cases in Kerr County)
Last known address: San Antonio, TX
Alvis R. Johnson owes $31,632 for one child (Galveston)
Last known address: Longview, TX
Anthony Holmes owes $21,421 for one child (Galveston)
Last known address: Texas City, TX
Jack Grayson owes $19,939 for one child (Montgomery County)
Last known address: Robeline, Louisiana
Cynthia Schliewe owes $12,888 for two children (Austin)
Last known address: Odessa, TX
The first Most Wanted Child Support Evaders List was announced in July of last year, and in following up on tips from the public, four of the ten Evaders were arrested.
People with information about the Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline, 1-800-797-5437, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail, Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin Texas, 78711-2017.
You can access photos of the Evaders through our web site: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/child/wanted/poster.pdf
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