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New Mexico Man Sentenced for Failure to Pay Child Support

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

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Pueblo of Acoma, New Mexico, man convicted of Failure to Pay Child Support was sentenced on July 1, 2019, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Joseph A. Mesteth, age 50, was sentenced to 5 years of probation, $104,160.81 in restitution, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Mesteth was indicted by a federal grand jury on December 4, 2018.  He pled guilty on April 12, 2019.

The conviction stemmed from the fact that Mesteth, who was to pay child support for his minor children who live in South Dakota, failed to willfully do so.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann M. Hoffman prosecuted the case.

Updated July 5, 2019