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Press Release

January 24, 2011


David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford has returned an indictment charging WILLIAM ANTHONY ROBSON, also known as Rick Albrecht, 51, last residing in Trumbull, with one count of failure to pay a legal child support obligation.  The indictment was returned on January 11, 2011, and remained sealed until ROBSON’s arrest and initial appearance on Friday, January 21.

According to the indictment and allegations made in court, it is alleged that ROBSON failed to pay a child support obligation that had been ordered by the State of New York in February 1993 at the time of his divorce.  Shortly thereafter, his former spouse moved to Connecticut with her four then minor children.  ROBSON, who has previously resided in New York, California, Arkansas and Florida, has made no voluntary child support payments, and only minimal payments have been made through wage garnishments and seized state income tax refunds.  The past due child support now totals approximately $175,000.

At the conclusion of his initial appearance on January 21 in Hartford, United States Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez ordered ROBSON detained based on a risk of flight.

If convicted of the offense, ROBSON faces a maximum term of imprisonment of two years and a fine of up to $250,000, in addition to the past due child support owed.

U.S. Attorney Fein stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by agents of the United States Department of Health and Human Services with the assistance of the Trumbull Police Department; the New York City Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services, Office of Child Support Services; and the State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services, Bureau of Child Support Enforcement.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Deborah R. Slater.




Tom Carson
(203) 821-3722





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