Attorney General helps collect $111,000 in child support for Genesee County family

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LANSING (WJRT) (3/12/2019) - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel helped track a "deadbeat" father to the U.S. Virgin Islands and collect more than $111,000 in past due child support.

Nessel announced the man's arrest Tuesday, along with the payment of the man's child support in arrears.

The mother of the family fled her abusive ex-husband in 1992 and sought refuge in a battered women's shelter, Nessel said in a statement. During that time, her ex-husband fled with all of the family's possessions, including the children's toys and clothes.

He failed to make child support payments as directed. The Michigan Attorney General's Office tracked the man, who was not identified, to his hiding place in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where he had been living for several years.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents arrested the man in the airport at St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We take great pride in bringing deadbeat parents to justice and collecting the child support payments vulnerable families are owed,” Nessel said. “Those seeking to shirk their responsibility as parents should heed this warning: This office will do everything we can to find you and make certain your families are properly supported.”

Failing to pay child support in Michigan is a felony. The man in this case paid the entire $111,453 child support balance in full rather than face extradition back to Michigan and criminal charges.

Nessel said the Attorney General’s Office Child, Elder & Family Financial Crimes Division collects millions of dollars in back child support payments every year. So far this year, the office has collected more than $4 million in past due child support.