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

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wisconsin Woman Indicted For Failure To Pay Child Support

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

Estella Melchor, age 34, was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 6, 2012 for failing to pay over $14,850.00 in past due child support. She appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on May 13, 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 Melchor 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.

Melchor was released on bond pending trial. A trial date has not been set.

Updated June 22, 2015