Parents indicted for nonsupport
Three former Nevada County parents have been indicted for allegedly failing to pay child support, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sacramento has announced.
The three fathers, all of whom no longer live in Nevada County, are among 105 parents in 35 states who are being prosecuted under a 1998 federal law that punishes deadbeat parents.
The three men are John Knight Cox, 52; Martin Paul Goodlove Sr., 45; and Michael Scott Faria, 45.
Cox, who is now in federal custody, faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison, more than $150,000 in mandatory restitution, and a maximum fine of $250,000 for allegedly failing to pay for the support of four children from April 1, 1998, to Feb. 28, 2001, the U.S. Attorney wrote in a statement. Cox was indicted July 25.
Goodlove, who was also indicted July 25, faces two years in prison, more than $159,000 in restitution, and up to $250,000 in fines. He is being pursued for allegedly failing to pay child support from 1998 to 2000 for three children, the U.S. Attorney said.
Faria, of Reno, a professional cyclist who competes under the name of “Flyin’ Mike” Faria, was indicted for allegedly failing to pay child support for two children in Nevada County from April 1999 to February 2001. He faces up to two years in prison, more than $160,000 in restitution, and a maximum fine of $250,000.
In a similar case, former Nevada County resident Christine Stewart is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in May to failing to pay child support for two of her children. Stewart, 39, faces a maximum of six months incarceration, a fine of $5,000, and more than $26,000 in restitution, the U.S. Attorney said.
Kathleen Hrepich, director of the Sierra Nevada Regional Department of Child Support Services, the county agency that referred the cases to federal prosecutors, believes the 1998 federal law will be effective.
“I think it will work,” she said Thursday. “I think it is a serious crime not to support your children.”
Troy Held, the agency’s assistant director, said it has so far referred 20 cases to federal prosecutors. Sixteen have been accepted for prosecution, he said.
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