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Child Support Evader: Carlos E. Garay, Jr.
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
CARLOS E. GARAY, JR.
Last Address: San Antonio, TX
Occupation: Painter/General Labor
Height: 5' 4"
Color of Eyes: Brown
Color of Hair: Brown
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Child Support Evader Carlos Garay, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Garay, who was named a Child Support Evader in March 2002, owes $45,780 for the care of two sons. Garay has turned his back on his children by going underground to evade officials and willfully avoid arrest.
When Garay and the children's mother divorced in 1987, Garay was ordered to pay $100 a month in child support. He did not follow the order and by 1993 owed almost $7,000 in unpaid child support. Garay was given many opportunities to catch up on his payments, but refused to do so. An arrest warrant was issued in March 1995, after Garay failed to appear at a court hearing to address his noncompliance.
Garay has not made a child support payment in more than 10 years. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child support, Garay now owes more than $45,000 in unpaid child support.
Law enforcement and investigators from the Attorney General's Office have searched the state for Garay, who is known to use relatives' addresses for mail drops to avoid arrest and paying his child support. Garay was recently seen at a relative's home in San Antonio. Contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to the arrest of Carlos Garay.
Child Support Evaders are 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. Visit the agency's website at www.oag.state.tx.us to find out about other Child Support Evaders, and to obtain information about the Attorney General's Child Support Division.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
CHILD SUPPORT EVADERS
Criteria for a parent to be named a Most Wanted Child Support Evader:
• Court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000
• Arrest warrant must have been issued for non-support
• Location of non-custodial parent is unknown
• Parent has not made any payments in the last six months
• Non-custodial parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings
• Non-custodial parent must not be receiving welfare benefits
Because we must make Child Support information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.