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Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Glen S. Caristinos, 49, of Safety Harbor, Florida, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court by Chief Judge Nancy Torresen to five years of probation for failure to pay child support. He was also ordered to pay $117,601.38 in restitution. Caristinos pled guilty on July 3, 2015.
According to court documents, on October 31, 2001, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services ordered Caristinos to pay his ex-wife $248.16 per week toward the support of their minor child. That support order was increased to $303.20 per week on October 10, 2003. The court ordered that such payments continue until the minor reached the age of 18. The defendant made inconsistent payments between 2001 and 2005. In December 2005, he moved to Florida and virtually ceased making payments. The court-ordered restitution amount represents his total arrearage to date.
The conditions of Caristinos' probation include that he pay his restitution obligation and his court-ordered child support. In explaining the sentence, Chief Judge Torresen observed that Caristinos had obtained full-time employment enabling him to make his payments through a wage garnishment and explained that the statutory purposes of criminal punishment include getting defendants to pay restitution and getting parents to pay child support.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General and the Maine State Department of Health and Human Services, Child Support Enforcement Unit.