Astoria Man Sentenced for Failure to Pay Legal Child Support
Assistant United States Attorney
US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Astoria, South Dakota, man charged with Failure to Pay Legal Child Support was sentenced on July 9. 2012, by US District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. John D. Fuller, age 48, was sentenced to five years of unsupervised probation, a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund, and child support restitution in the amount of $66,712.00.
Fuller was indicted for failing to pay over $69,000 by a federal grand jury on November 1, 2011. Fuller was ordered by the Third Judicial Circuit Court, Deuel County, South Dakota, to pay $650 per month for his minor children, commencing March 1, 2001. Said support was amended to $597 commencing June 1, 2005. At the time of indictment, the defendant had made a child support payment in October 2011, but prior to that, he had not made a child support payment since November 2009, and the total arrearage amount was $69,862.03. He pled guilty to the charge on April 27, 2012.
This case was investigated the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Assistant US Attorney Thomas J. Wright prosecuted the case.