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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Man Owing More Than $90,000 In Child Support Pleads Guilty To Failure To Pay

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kenneth Fay, age 54, most recently a resident of Missouri, pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to charges that he failed to pay child support.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, in November 1993, Fay was ordered to pay child support by the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Section. Fay failed to pay the child support and the case was referred to the federal government after both the state and county exhausted their ability to collect the child support payments from Fay.

     Fay was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2011. At that time, Fay owed more than $90,000 in child support payments.

     A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

     The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Prosecution is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.

     A sentence following a finding of guilty is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

     In this case, the maximum penalty under the federal statute is two years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant’s educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

Updated April 17, 2015