Former Business Executive Indicted for Failing to Pay More than $250,000 in Child Support Obligations
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A federal grand jury in Providence returned a two-count indictment on Thursday charging Christopher Carroll, 47, formerly of Jamestown, R.I., with allegedly travelling in interstate and outside the country to evade paying more than $250,000 in child support payments for his three minor children, age 9, 11 and 14, announced United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha and Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.
According to court documents, it is alleged that Carroll, a former senior marketing executive with an international energy management company based in Paris, France, and which operates a facility in West Kingston, R.I., ceased paying Rhode Island Family Court ordered child support payments of $6,000 per month in January 2013, two years after the court ordered the payments to begin. On June 17, 2013, a Rhode Island Family Court judge ruled that Carroll was in contempt of court for failing to meet his child support obligations, which to date totals more than $250,000.
According to court documents, during the pendency of his child support obligations, Carroll, who has had numerous investment accounts, withdrew at least $369,329.31 from those accounts.
The indictment charges Christopher Carroll with interstate travel to avoid child support obligation and failure to pay child support. An arrest warrant has been issued for Carroll, who is believed to be traveling abroad.
According to court documents, in May 2012, Carroll relocated to his employer’s Paris headquarters where he was employed until October 2012. Since that time, according to court documents, Carroll remarried, renounced his U.S. Citizenship and has been traveling abroad utilizing a Republic of Ireland passport. According to court documents, Carroll and his current wife identify themselves as being semi-retired, and have stated that they have spent the past year traveling in Europe, Central and South America, Canada and the United States.
An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard W. Rose. The matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, with the assistance of the Rhode Island Child Support Enforcement Office.
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