A US expat who was residing in Thailand has pled guilty to fleeing the United States in 2007 to avoid paying child support according to The United States Attorneys Office, Western District Missouri.
Randy Lee Essary, admitted that he has failed to pay any court-ordered child support for his son for more than eight years and owes $164,891.
Essary now faces a sentence of up to two years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000 and an order of restitution.
The case is significant insofar as it demonstrates that fleeing the US with the intent to avoid paying court ordered child support is a serious case and will be prosecuted by the US Federal authorities. Fleeing the US to avoid child support is a separate offense from the failure to pay child. The feeling case is covered by Federal jurisdiction,. whereas in most cases, child support is a state legal matter.
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