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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Colorado Man Indicted For Failure To Pay Child Support

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

Joe S. Romero, age 42, was indicted by a federal grand jury on January 8, 2013 for failing to pay over $33,601.00 in past due child support. He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on June 17, 2013 and pled not guilty to the indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is two years imprisonment; a $250,000.00 fine; one year supervised release; one additional year upon revocation; a $100.00 assessment fee to the Federal Crime Victims Fund; and child support restitution amount owing at the time of sentencing.

The charge is merely an accusation and Romero 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.

Romero was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015