Lee County Resident Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to Failure to Pay $63,000 in child Support
Montgomery, Alabama - “A parent cannot and should not escape supporting his or her children. Failure to pay child support for a child living in another state can be a federal felony and my office will continue to prosecute those parents who fail to take care of their children,” announced U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr.
Cloyd Brock, of Salem, Alabama, pled guilty in federal court to a felony charge for willful failure to pay child support. In January of 2011, a federal grand jury indicted Brock for failing to pay $63,874.69 in child support. From October 1998 to the present, Brock did not pay a court-imposed and past due child support for his five children who lived in New York State. Although Brock has made occasional child support payments and at times had his wages garnished to address the arrearage, he has not made a child support payment since March 2007. Brock has been employed during the periods he failed to pay child support and could have paid some portion of the child support, but didn’t. Brock has agreed to repay the $63,874.69.
Under federal law, a parent can be prosecuted for failure to pay court ordered child support if the child lives in another state, the child support has been unpaid for more than a year and the amount owed is more than $5000.
Brock’s sentencing hearing before Chief United States District Judge W. Keith Watkins is to be scheduled. At sentencing, Brock faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a $250,000.00 fine, and up to one year of supervised release following his release from prison.
This case was investigated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tamara B. Thomson from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of New York and Assistant United States Attorney Jerusha T. Adams from the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Alabama.
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