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

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Failure To Pay Child Support

United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Joe S. Romero, age 42, of Denver, Colorado, appeared before U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier, on August 2, 2013, and pled guilty to an Indictment that charged him with Failure to Pay Child Support. 

The maximum penalty upon conviction is 2 years' imprisonment, a $250,000.00 fine, one year supervised release, one additional year of custody upon revocation, a $100.00 assessment fee, and child support restitution amount owing at the time of sentencing.

Romero was ordered by the District Court of Denver County to pay $200.00 per month for his minor child beginning January 7, 1993.  Romero had not made a child support payment since May of 2011.  At the time of the plea hearing, the total arrearage amount was $33,601.69. 

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

A presentence investigation was ordered and a sentencing date was set for October 21, 2013.  The defendant wasremanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal pending sentencing.

Updated June 22, 2015