United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Garden City, Minnesota, woman convicted of Failure to Pay Child Support and Failure to Appear was sentenced on November 4, 2013, by U.S. District Court Judge Charles B. Kornmann.
Jessica Lynn Voss, age 29, was sentenced to 5 years of unsupervised probation, a $100.00 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund, and child support restitution in the amount of $23,812.78 for failure to pay child support. In addition, she was sentenced to imprisonment of time served, 1 year of unsupervised probation, and a $100.00 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund for failure to appear.
Voss was indicted by a federal grand jury on October 10, 2012, for failing to pay over $19,000 in past due child support. She had been ordered by the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court, Roberts County, South Dakota, to pay $350.00 per month for her minor children, commencing December 1, 2007. At the time of indictment, she had not made a child support payment since August of 2009. After her initial appearance in federal court in South Dakota, she was released on bond.
Voss had a change of plea hearing scheduled for May 28, 2013. Through her attorney, the defendant conveyed that she was going to plead guilty. The defendant did not appear at her plea hearing and a warrant was issued for failure to appear. Voss pled guilty to the child support charge on August 5, 2013, and to the failure to appear charge on November 4, 2013.
This case was investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright prosecuted the case. The defendant was released from custody.