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Michigan Man Sentenced For Failure To Pay Legal Child Support

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Dakota

US Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that a Monroe, Michigan, man charged with Failure to Pay Legal Child Support was sentenced on January 4, 2013, by US District Judge Charles B. Kornmann. Stephen J. Peterson, age 35, was sentenced to 2 years of unsupervised probation, a $100 special assessment to the Victim Assistance Fund, and child support restitution in the amount of $16,494.92.

Peterson was indicted for failing to pay over $13,000 in past due child support by a federal grand jury on October 4, 2011. Peterson was ordered by the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court, Pennington County, South Dakota, to pay $189 per month for his minor child commencing May 1, 2000. The support was modified and is currently $208 per month. At the time of indictment, he had not made a child support payment since July of 2009, and the total arrearage amount was $13,582.92. Peterson pled guilty to the charge on October 15, 2012.

This case was investigated the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Assistant US Attorney Thomas J. Wright prosecuted the case.

Updated June 22, 2015