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Ocala, Florida Man Charged With Failure To Pay Child Support For His Children Who Reside In Orange County, New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Tom O’Donnell, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Inspector General, United States Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG-HHS”), announced the arrest yesterday of KURTISS L. TOMASOVICH for failure to pay child support. TOMASOVICH was arrested and presented in federal court in Ocala, Florida, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Philip R. Lammens.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara stated: “As alleged, Kurtiss Tomasovich failed to pay over $100,000 in child support, allegedly choosing to spend his money on his home and businesses, rather than fulfill his court-ordered obligation to pay support for his children. Such alleged conduct represents not only a failure to Tomasovich’s children, but a federal crime. I want to thank the excellent work of our partners at OIG-HHS in this case.”

Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office of OIG-HHS Tom O’Donnell stated: "Parents who try to avoid paying child support by moving to another state will instead face justice for their crime. Our investigators work hard to hold deadbeat parents accountable for skipping out on their financial responsibilities to care for their children.”

According to allegations in the Complaint previously filed in White Plains federal court:

Pursuant to a judgment of the New York State Supreme Court, Orange County, beginning in 2008, KURTISS L. TOMASOVICH was obligated to pay a minimum of $3,000 a month in child support with respect to his children, who reside in Tuxedo, New York. From at least in or about February 2008 until at least in or about April 2014, TOMASOVICH, who resides in Florida, failed to pay approximately $158,708 in child support. Notwithstanding TOMASOVICH’s repeated failure to make his child support payments, he has had sufficient assets available to him to pay. For example, TOMASOVICH and his second wife have purchased and developed property in Florida, including constructing a tennis court. In addition, during the relevant time period, TOMASOVICH and his second wife have had access to substantial funds and have owned and operated several businesses in Florida.

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TOMASOVICH, 51, of Ocala, Florida, is charged with one count of failing to pay child support, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Mr. Bharara praised the outstanding efforts of OIG-HHS and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and thanked the Orange County Support Collections Unit for their assistance in the investigation.

This case is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Martin is in charge of the prosecution.

The allegations contained in the Complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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