Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002

ATTORNEY GENERAL CORNYN ANNOUNCES MOST WANTED CHILD SUPPORT EVADERS

Delinquent Parents Owe Substantial Child Support and Evade Arrest

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced today his new top ten list of Texas' Most Wanted Child Support Evaders, dead beat parents who willfully evade arrest. These Most Wanted Child Support Evaders owe a combined total of $459,000 in past-due child support.

"These delinquent parents are thumbing their nose at the law by steadfastly refusing to pay their child support debt. They have been given every opportunity to pay what is owed. These evaders are actively avoiding arrest, and I need the public's help to find them," said Attorney General Cornyn.

The Office of the Attorney General has a new toll free number, 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377), for reporting information that will lead to the arrests of the missing evaders.

The Office of the Attorney General works with local law enforcement authorities to arrest and incarcerate noncustodial parents who are delinquent in their child support payments. All of the parents on the top ten list are wanted on civil or criminal warrants. They face jail time and monetary penalties for failing to pay child support.

The child support evaders on the top ten list 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 noncustodial parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.

Children suffer the consequences of a parent's refusal to pay child support. Many children go without the basic necessities that child support provides, and they carry the emotional scars that come from knowing their parents do not care enough to pay child support.

For a parent to be named a Most Wanted Child Support Evader, court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant issued. The location of the noncustodial parent is unknown, and the parent has not made any payments in the last six months. The noncustodial parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. To make information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.

Evaders as of Oct. 2, 2002, last known address and estimated arrears are:

Thomas Shavers owes $75,165 for two children in Forney, Texas.
Last known address: State of South Carolina

Russell Franklin Green owes $71,112 for three children in Rhome, Texas.
Last known address: Garland, Texas

John E. Moses owes $65,219 for one child in Houston, Texas.
Last known address: Houston, Texas

Louis Torres owes $63,743 for two children in San Angelo, Texas.
Last known address: Abilene, Texas

Thomas Gene Dieringer owes $43,691 for three children in Conroe, Texas.
Last known address: Alvin, Texas

William Anthony Osborn owes $36,142 for two children in Abilene, Texas.
Last known address: Bangs, Texas

James D. Johnson owes $33,034 for two children in Little Elm, Texas.
Last known address: Antioch, Tennessee

William John Shepherd Jr. owes $28,479 for one child in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Last known address: Garrison, Texas

Jerry Dale Keefer owes $25,512 for three children in San Marcos, Texas.
Last known address: State of Colorado

Jessie Rakestraw owes $16,709 for two children in Electra, Texas.
Last known address: Wichita Falls, Texas

Of the 71 Evaders named by the Attorney General since July 1999, 32 have been arrested or have surrendered to authorities in such cities as Las Vegas, Seattle and Fort Lauderdale.

People with information about the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling the hotline 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377), e-mailing child.support@texasattorneygeneral.gov or by writing Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, Texas 78711-2017.

The public can access photos of the Evaders from the Attorney General's main Web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.

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