Some individuals will go to extreme lengths to avoid responsibilities. That's exactly what one New York man allegedly did when he claimed to be part of the witness protection program in order to avoid his child support obligations. The court disagreed with his claim, and the man faces significant payments or jail time.
The man, a local gemsmith, was ordered to pay support to his children. He was placed into the witness protection program in 2011 after leaving prison but was released from the program in 2014. When his ex demanded payment, he claimed that he was not able to take a job due to his status in the program, and that taking a job would jeopardize his safety.
At one point in the case, he chose to call the court from an undisclosed location, supposedly because of his enrollment with the witness protection program. Unfortunately for him, he did not provide any evidence of his status with the program and could not prove his claim. He was ordered to pay $2,000 per month in back pay and current payments or he could face jail time. The man owed a total of $461,475 for the support of his two children.
The saga of the New York man makes for an interesting news story, but the circumstances of the case actually have real-life effects on him and his family. Luckily, his children will begin to see some of the money to which they are entitled. An individual facing similar issues with getting an ex to meet the child support obligations may wish to contact an attorney who can help in getting the order enforced.
Source: New York Post, "Deadbeat dad faked witness protection to avoid child support", Emily Saul, Sept. 20, 2017