Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Wednesday, December 15, 1999

MULTIMILLIONAIRE "DEAD BEAT" ARRESTED IN COLORADO

Jose Antonio O'Farrill Avila owes $1,140,198 in unpaid child support

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the arrest of Jose Antonio O'Farrill Avila, a Mexican citizen. O'Farrill, who owes over 1 million dollars in back child support, was arrested earlier today in Eagle Lake, Colorado.

The arrest followed the indictment of O'Farrill and seven other "dead beats" in Bexar County for failing to pay child support. The indictments were announced earlier today by Attorney General Cornyn and Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed. The indictments are the first criminal child support cases to be prosecuted in Bexar County in more than 20 years.

"Parents have the responsibility to support the children they bring into this world. I will continue to work aggressively to see that children receive the court ordered support they deserve,"said Attorney General Cornyn.

In December, 1996, 166th District Judge Martha Tanner granted a $1 million dollar lump sum for care of O'Farril's daughter. The money was to be held and distributed on a monthly basis. Despite repeated attempts to compel payment, O'Farrill never complied. Since the original judgement, $140,198 in interest has accrued on the unpaid lump sum.

International child support collection experts and investigators from the Office of the Attorney General pursued the matter and referred the case to the Bexar County District Attorney's office for criminal prosecution.

The Office of the Attorney General pursues parents violating court orders to pay child support Parents with information about delinquent noncustodial parents or other child support issues should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the nearest child support office, e-mail (childsupport@texasattorneygeneral.gov) or by mail - Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, TX 78711-2017.

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