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July 15, 2011

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Mississippi Doctor Indicted for Failing to Pay Child Support

HOUSTON - Dr. Demetri Wendell Marshall, 59, of Port Gibson, Miss., has been indicted by a Houston grand jury for failure to pay child support and related medical expenses for his Texas resident child, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today. 
A Houston grand jury returned a one-count indictment on May 19, 2011, charging Marshall, a family practice physician licensed in Mississippi, of failing to pay more than $10,000 in child support and medical expenses ordered by a Harris County family district court beginning in 1997 to the present. With the return of the indictment, a warrant has issued for the arrest of Marshall. Anyone having information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (DHHS, OIG), using its fugitive hotline number at  1-888-476-4453, which is toll free.

A conviction for the offense charged carries a maximum punishment of two years in prison, $250,000 fine and up to one year of supervised release. Additionally, restitution in the form of child support will be mandatory.

The charges are the result of an investigation conducted by DHHS, OIG, Office of Investigations and the United States Attorney=s Office in the Southern District of Texas with assistance from the United States Attorney's Office in Mississippi.

An indictment is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.
A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted through due process of law.