While State and local agencies have and must have primary responsibility for child support enforcement, the Federal government has an important role to play. A key aspect of that role involves bringing criminal prosecutions under the Child Support Recovery Act (CSRA), found at Title 18, United States Code, Section 228. The Act creates a Federal offense for (1) travelling in interstate or foreign commerce with the intent to evade a child support obligation, if the obligation has remained unpaid for longer than 1 year or is greater than $5,000.00, and (2) the willful failure to pay a past due child support obligation for a child who resides in a State other than that in which the noncustodial parent resides, if the obligation has remained unpaid for longer than 1 year or is greater than $5,000.00; the willful failure to pay a past due obligation may qualify as a felony if it has remained unpaid for longer than 2 years or is greater than $10,000.00.
The Department of Justice is committed to pursuing
cases under the Child Support Recovery Act. One method of furthering
this commitment is the Department's Most Wanted Deadbeat Parents section
of our World Wide Web home page providing information on noncustodial parents
charged with CSRA violations whose locations are unknown or who have
fled in an attempt to escape prosecution. Any information on the
location of these individuals should be promptly reported to the authorities
listed for each entry.
Currently Wanted for violation
of the CSRA
Other CSRA links