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Child Support Evader: Michael Dwinnell
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
Last Address: Lewisville or Plano, Texas
Occupation: Oil & Gas Investment Broker
Height: 5' 11"
Color of Eyes: Blue
Color of Hair: Blonde
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Child Support Evader Michael Dwinnell, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Dwinnell was named a Child Support Evader in December 2004, and owes $104,254 for two teenaged children, who live with their mother in Dallas.
In May 1993, after the children's parents separated, Dwinnell was ordered to pay $800 a month in temporary child support. Dwinnell did not abide by the court's order, and by November 1994, owed more than $7,000.
In November 1995, when Dwinnell's divorce became final, he was ordered to pay $631 a month in child support, plus 25 percent of his monthly income up to $1,200. He did not follow the order and by October 2000, was more than $44,000 in arrears. Dwinnell was given a suspended jail sentence for his noncompliance and placed on probation. An arrest warrant was issued in this civil matter after Dwinnell failed to comply with the terms of his probation. It was never executed because Dwinnell could not be located.
In March 2004, Dwinnell was indicted by a Dallas County grand jury for felony criminal nonsupport. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child support, Dwinnell now owes more than $104,000 in unpaid child support.
Law enforcement officers and investigators from the Attorney General's Office are searching for Dwinnell, who may be hiding with a girlfriend in the Dallas/Fort Worth vicinity. Contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to his arrest.
The Child Support Evaders are being 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 Web site 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.