Texas puts out deadbeat dad list for child support evaders
(12/11/06 - KTRK/HOUSTON) (KTRK) -- The deadbeat dad list is out with 10 Texans on it owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support.
Nineteen children and mothers aren't receiving the money a court promised them. The ten people on the list owe almost $682,000 in child support.They are 10 mug shots on the poster board, but add up what they haven't paid in back child support and it is more than half million dollars. Of that, Jesus Silva, owes about $95,000. Like his counterparts, he can't be found. "So desperately are they undertaking the task of running away from the responsibility, that they've gone into hiding to avoid living up to the responsibility of taking care of their children," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. In a northwest Harris county neighbor, Silva has three teenage children, raised by a mother who spent years being father and mother both. "I know they got used to it, but you know, I can see the damage that it has done," said their mother Cynthia Silva. Now her ex-husband is on the wanted list. An ex-con without a job, it's doubtful Jesus Silva will pay his debt. But Cynthia Silva wants to send a message to him and others like him. "Try to make something, make an effort to make some kind of payment to show an effort and spend time with the kids," said Silva. The idea of putting out the top 10 list is to shame the parents into paying and it is an effective method. Through legal pressure, the attorney general's office has managed to collect nearly $2 billion in back child support payments in the past fiscal year.
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