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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Thursday, July 18, 2013

California Man Pleads Not Guilty To Child Support Charge

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that an Anaheim, California, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Failure to Pay Legal Child Support.

Richard A. Wade, age 42, was indicted by a federal grand jury on July 6, 2011, for failing to pay over $21,822 in past due child support.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on July 16, 2013, and pled not guilty to the indictment. 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 2 years' imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, or both; 1 year of supervised release and 1 additional year of supervised release upon revocation; a $100 assessment fee to the Federal Crime Victim’s Fund; and child support restitution amount owing at the time of sentencing. 

The charge is merely an accusation and Wade is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas J. Wright is prosecuting the case. 

Wade was released on bond pending trial.  A trial date has been set for September 24, 2013.

Updated June 22, 2015