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June 10, 2011

A former NBA player from Cairo was sentenced in the United States District Court in Benton on June 9, 2011 for Failure to Pay Child Support, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today, Tyrone Lamont Nesby, 34, from Cairo Ill. -, was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to pay $977,402.05 in restitution for unpaid child support obligations.

Nesby had played in the NBA from 1999 through 2002 with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Washington Wizards. Beginning in 1999 and continuing through 2010, Nesby unlawfully failed to pay child support for his minor children. Defendant willfully and unlawfully failed to pay child support in three districts: the District of Nevada, the Northern District of Indiana, and the Southern District of Illinois. Nesby pled guilty to these charges and has agreed to fully pay supervised restitution for unpaid child support in the three districts. At sentencing, the court strenuously recommended that Nesby speak to underprivileged children in schools about the importance of family and the lessons he has now learned.

“Failing to pay court ordered child support places an unnecessary strain on the custodial parent, the child or children and those programs administered by the Department of Health and Human Services designed to assist those individuals. The Office of Inspector General will continue to aggressively pursue those individuals failing to pay their court ordered child support,” said Les Hollie, Special Agent in Charge U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Liam Coonan.



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