Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Tuesday, February 1, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF CHILD SUPPORT EVADER

Alvis Johnson arrested in Longview

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the arrest of Child Support Evader Alvis Johnson, a former Galveston County resident. Johnson is listed on the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders List for owing $31,632 in delinquent child support for his daughter and for consistently evading arrest.

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

This morning, Johnson was arrested in Longview by the Gregg County Sheriff's Office under the direction of Sheriff Bobby Weaver. He was arrested on a warrant issued for failure to appear at a court hearing regarding his child support payments. He has been delinquent in child support payments for his daughter since November, 1985. He is currently being held on a $10,000 bond in the Gregg County jail and will be returned to Galveston County authorities. Along with repaying his delinquent child support, he could be sentenced to six months in jail.

Since Attorney General Cornyn's announcement of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders on Jan. 20, three of the cases, including Johnson's, have been resolved. Evader Jack Grayson, former resident of Montgomery County, came forward in Tacoma, Washington four days after the announcement. Evader Harvey Joe Herndon was arrested on a felony warrant in Las Vegas, Nevada on Jan. 27 for failure to pay $172,602 in child support for his severely disabled son in Irving.

The current list of Most Wanted Child Support Evaders is the second to be issued by the Attorney General. Last July, Attorney General Cornyn announced the first list of Child Support Evaders, and four of the ten original Evaders have been arrested.

For a noncustodial parent to be placed on the Evader page, there must be a court-ordered obligation with delinquent support in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of parent must be unknown, and the parent must not have made any payments in the last six months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. To make information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver and supply a picture of the delinquent parent.

Anyone with information about the Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline -- 1-800-797-5437, email -- childsupport@texasattorneygeneral.gov or by mail - Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, TX 78711-2017.

Evaders - with estimated arrears as of January 31, 2000 and last known address:

Armando Salinas owes $180,179 for four children (Hidalgo County and Austin)
Last known address: Edinburg, TX

Jason E. Fuller owes $87,902 for four children (four cases in Midland)
Last known address: Columbus, Ohio

Donny Lee Gantt owes $73,332 for three children (Austin)
Last known address: Everett, Washington

David Matthew Thomas, Jr. owes $58,253 for one child (Lubbock)
Last known address: Leander, TX

David T. Rhone owes $45,713 for five children (five cases in Kerr County)
Last known address: San Antonio, TX

Anthony Holmes owes $21,421 for one child (Galveston)
Last known address: Texas City, TX

Cynthia Schliewe owes $12,888 for two children (Austin)
Last known address: Odessa, TX

You can access photos of the Evaders through our web site: http://www.oag.state.tx.us/child/wanted/poster.pdf

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