Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Halsey B. Frank announced that a jury returned a verdict yesterday finding Steve Matisko, Jr., 54, of Raleigh, North Carolina, guilty of willfully failing to pay child support. The trial was held before Chief United States District Judge Nancy Torresen sitting in Bangor.
Evidence introduced at trial showed that in 1997 the Maine District Court found that Matisko was the legal and biological father of a child and ordered Matisko to pay $56 per week in child support. The evidence showed that Matisco willfully failed to make child support payments for the next approximately 20 years. The evidence also showed that Matisko lived in Maine, Alaska, Ohio, Texas and North Carolina during that period of time and worked for cash so as to avoid his support obligations. Matisko’s unpaid child support obligation totaled $58,406.
Chief Judge Torresen will sentence Matisko after the United States Probation Office conducts a presentence investigation. He faces up to two years in prison and one year of supervised release, a $250,000 fine and court-ordered restitution in the amount of $58,406.
The investigation was conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Division of Support Enforcement and Recovery for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
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