Ohio residents may be interested to learn of a recent case involving a man who hid assets in order to avoid paying child support. The 50-year-old California resident has been ordered to pay fines of $500,000 and sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment. In addition, a judge ruled that he must forfeit $2.8 million in assets.
The man has two teenage children with his ex-wife. The couple went through a contentious divorce in 1999, during which the man lied to the family court. In 2001, he told his ex-wife that he would file for bankruptcy to avoid paying child support. By the time he filed in 2005, he had hidden millions of dollars in assets. A U.S. District Court judge found that the man made repeated false statements in both the family court and the bankruptcy case.