Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is asking for your help in finding Texas' most wanted child support evaders.
Wednesday, Abbott unveiled the Child Support Division's new Top Ten List.
The evaders on the list owe a combined $681,518 in overdue child support.
Monday, Abbott met with mothers in Austin, Houston and Beaumont to seek the public's help in locating the Evaders who have avoided paying them child support.
Within 24 hours after the new list was issued in those areas, Jesus Silva, who owes more than $94,000 in unpaid child support, was picked up by authorities in Pasadena.
Ricardo Gonzalez, who owes more than $109,000 in unpaid child support, was arrested yesterday by the McAllen Police Department.
Wednesday Abbott made stops in McAllen and Bryan to unveil the new evader list and meet with the mothers who are owed support.
"Parents who ignore their responsibility to support their children must be held accountable for violating the law," said Attorney General Abbott. "Please do your part to see that justice is served by providing information that will lead to their arrest."
One of the fathers, Kenneth Bone, owes $94,107 for his College Station son.
Today the child's mother, Missy Newton, described the difficulties of raising her child without child support.
"I feel sorry for him," Newton said. "He's missed out on a really wonderfully boy."
The last child support payment she received was in 1998, and the father was already passed due.
Now Bone has found himself on the wrong side of the law.
"They have turned their noses up at the court of law and they're running from the law," Abbott said. "They've gone into hiding which is why we are here to ask for your help. If you fail to fulfill your responsibility to take care of your child, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will put you in jail."
Bone's last address was in North Carolina, but law enforcement believe he could be anywhere.
"Hopefully it can effect some other parents out," Newton said. "Maybe this will help them get the support they need."
The Attorney General works with local law enforcement to arrest and incarcerate parents who are delinquent in their child support payments.
All of the parents on the new list are wanted on civil or criminal warrants.
They face jail time and monetary penalties for failing to pay child support.
The Child Support Evaders on the Top Ten List are being singled out because they have the ability to take responsibility for their children but refuse to do so.
The Office of the Attorney General helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.
The Attorney General's Child Support Division is directed by state and federal law to help Texas families collect child support.
The division handled nearly one million cases and collected $2 billion for the fiscal year that ended Aug. 31.
More than $7 billion has been collected during the Abbott administration.
For a parent to be named a Most Wanted Child Support Evader, court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000 and an arrest warrant must have been issued.
The location of the parent must be unknown, and no child support payments made in the last six months.
The parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings or receiving welfare benefits.
The parent with custody of the children must sign a confidentiality waiver before the evader can be added to the list.
Four evaders that appeared on the December 2005 Top Ten List have been arrested.
A total of 74 evaders have been arrested or located since Attorney General Abbott took office in December 2002.
The Attorney General provides a toll free number, 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377), for reporting information on the whereabouts of missing evaders.
Photos of the evaders are available on the Attorney General's Web site at www.oag.state.tx.us.
Upload your photo, with a caption of your reason to smile, then watch the last half hour of BVTM from 6:30A - 7A Monday mornings to see if your photo makes it.