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Tampa man allegedly owes $6.5 million in alimony and child support

In an ideal situation, the amount of child support one parent must pay is determined, and that parent makes the required child support payments on time. Unfortunately, sometimes parents are late on child support payments. In that case, the other parent will have to turn to local authorities for enforcement of child support. In one case, authorities determined a local man owes millions in support payments..

Recently the former president of a Seffner company landed in hot water with federal authorities. The Tampa area businessman, wanted by authorities on criminal contempt charges since last year, was arrested on multiple tax evasion related counts in Orange County. According to authorities the man also owes $6.5 million in child support and alimony.

In a federal indictment the businessman was charged with corrupt interference with IRS laws and seven counts of failure to file tax returns, which included delaying and impeding in IRS audits and having millions of dollars in fraudulent promissory notes. The man sits in the Orange County Jail without bail. The issue of the back child support will be addressed in family court and will not move forward until either the federal charges are resolved or the man bonds out of jail.

In a situation like this where there is a failure to pay child support, there are many consequences a state can impose on the delinquent parent to induce payment. For instance, under the Child Support Enforcement Act of 1984, a district attorney can attempt to collect child support through multiple means including withholding federal tax refunds, garnishing wages and seizing property.

In extreme circumstances the non-compliant parent may be sentenced to jail time. This, however, is not thought to be a particularly practical solution because under this scenario the parent is unable to work and therefore is unlikely to have the means to make payments.

Source: The Tampa Tribune, "Stanton faces new charges," José Patiño Girona, Sept. 11, 2012

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