April 12, 2005 Deadbeat dads, beware!
The local U.S. Attorney's Office, along with the Attorney General's Office, is stepping up efforts to indict parents who fail to pay child support.
In a press release issued Tuesday, acting U.S. Attorney Anthony Jenkins said five men have been arrested on charges of failure to pay child support after being indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday.
The men are: Culva A. Luke, 39, a resident of New York; and Thomas Kenyon, 37, Jeffrey Turbe, 44, Floyd Sisterhenm, 52, and Peter Baron, 44, all residents of St. Thomas. One man who was also indicted Thursday, is still at large.
"This indictment is a culmination of several months of investigation led by the Virgin Islands Department of Justice Paternity and Child Support Division and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, regarding the parents that have failed to pay child support, also commonly referred to as 'Deadbeat Dads,' " the release stated.
The indictment alleges that the five men failed to pay child support for several years. The money owed in back child support by each defendant ranges from $14,000 to $56,000. If convicted, the individuals could face two years in prison and a $250,000 fine, in addition to the amount owed for child support payments.
All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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