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Attorney General Abbott Seeks Child Support Evader Who Owes $130,000 To Austin Mother

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today asks for the public’s help finding a father who appears on the Child Support Division’s new Top Ten List of Texas’ Most Wanted Child Support Evaders. John Vines is first on the list for owing $130,000 for the support of his teenage son from Austin. Attorney General Abbott met with the teenager’s mother, who described the difficulties of raising her son without the father’s support.

The Child Support Evaders on the newly announced list owe a combined $676,949 in overdue child support and have gone underground to elude officials and avoid arrest for failing to pay child support.

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John Vines
John Vines

“John Vines has turned his back on his son by refusing to pay child support. Please do your part to see that justice is served by providing information that will lead to his arrest,” said Attorney General Abbott. “Parents who ignore their responsibility to support their children must be held accountable for violating the law.”

The Attorney General provides a toll free number, 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377), for reporting information on the whereabouts of missing Evaders. Photos of the Evaders are available on the Attorney General’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov. Many Evader arrests are made with the help of tips from the public.

John Vines
owes $130,796 for the support of 1 child.
John VinesRicardo GonzalezRicardo Gonzalez
owes $109,747 for the support of 2 children.
Jesus Silva
owes $94,880 for the support of 3 children.
Jesus SilvaKenneth BoneKenneth Bone
owes $94,107 for the support of 1 child.
Andres Gomez
owes $61,691 for the support of 2 children.
Andres GomezAnthony HooperAnthony Hooper
owes $57,857 for the support of 2 children.
Stanley Estala
owes $40,745 for the support of 2 children.
Stanley EstalaJames DickensJames Dickens
owes $37,028 for the support of 1 child.
Adam Cardenas
owes $28,933 for the support of 1 child.
Adam CardenasJason BassJason Bass
owes $25,734 for the support of 1 child.

The Attorney General works with local law enforcement to arrest and incarcerate parents who are delinquent in their child support payments. All of the parents on the new Evader 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 Office of the Attorney General helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.

The Attorney General’s Child Support Division is directed by state and federal law to help Texas families collect child support. The division handled nearly one million cases and collected $2 billion for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31. More than $7 billion has been collected during the Abbott administration.

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 must have been issued. The location of the parent must be unknown, and no child support payments made in the last six months. The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits. The parent with custody of the children must sign a confidentiality waiver before the Evader can be added to the list.

The Top Ten Evaders, with last known address and estimated arrears:

John Vines owes $130,796 for one child in Austin.
Last known address: Ward, Arkansas

Ricardo Gonzalez owes $109,747 for two children in Elsa.
Last known address: Edinburg

Jesus Silva owes $94,880 for three children in Houston.
Last known address: Houston

Kenneth Bone owes $94,107 for one child in College Station.
Last known address: Leland, North Carolina

Andres Gomez owes $61,691 for two children in San Antonio.
Last known address: San Antonio

Anthony Hooper owes $57,857 for two children in Orange.
Last known address: Orange

Stanley Estala owes $40,745 for two children in El Paso.
Last known address: El Paso

James Dickens owes $37,028 for one child in Azle.
Last known address: Fort Worth

Adam Cardenas owes $28,933 for one child in San Angelo.
Last known address: San Angelo

Jason Bass owes $25,734 for one child in Overton.
Last known address: Tyler

Four evaders that appeared on the December 2005 Top Ten List have been arrested. A total of 72 Evaders have been arrested or located since Attorney General Abbott took office in December 2002. Anyone with information about a Child Support Evader should contact the Attorney General through the Web site or by calling the hotline at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377).