Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Attorney General Greg Abbott Announces Most Wanted Child Support Evaders ( Nacogdoches )AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was in Nacogdoches today to announce his new Top Ten List of Texas' Most Wanted Child Support Evaders. Jose Jesus Vasquez, who appears on the new list, owes $43,861 for the care of his three children. General Abbott met with the children's mother, who described the difficulties of raising her children without their father's support.
The Child Support Evaders on the newly announced list owe a combined total of $772,000 in overdue child support. These willfully negligent parents have gone underground to elude officials and avoid arrest on their child support case.
"Jose Jesus Vasquez has violated a sacred trust by refusing to support his children. Please help me hold him and the rest of these Child Support Evaders accountable by providing information that may lead to their arrest," said Attorney General Greg Abbott. "Parents who do everything
within their power to avoid their child support obligation must go to jail."
The Attorney General provides a toll free number, 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377), for reporting information on the whereabouts of missing Evaders.
The Attorney General's Office works with local law enforcement to arrest and incarcerate 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 parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.
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 parent is unknown, and the parent has not 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 parent with custody of the children must sign a confidentiality waiver.
Evaders as of January 28, 2004, last known address and estimated arrears:
Manuel Roman owes $153,849 for two children in Alamo.
Last known address: Houston
Jaime Ayala owes $34,621 for two children in El Paso.
Last known address: El Paso
A total of 29 Evaders have been brought to justice since Attorney General Abbott took office in December 2002. Nine Evaders from the May 2003 Top Ten List have been arrested or located. Child Support Evader Alun Tolson from the previous list paid $92,000 after being captured in a
campground in Bath County, Kentucky.
People with information about the Evaders should contact the Attorney General by calling the hotline 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377), e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing Texas Child Support Evaders, Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, Texas 78711-2017.
Listen to audio sound clip of General Abbott asking the public's help to locate the Evaders: