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Man charged with child support for Facebook photo

A man who posted photos of himself in a pile of money is now facing charges of failure to pay child support after the pictures came to the attention of the District Attorney. According to the felony complaint, the man has not made a single child support payment in three years. Illinois law allows felony charges in certain cases when non-custodial parents fail to make child support payments, especially if fraud is involved.

The 23-year-old man posted photos of himself posing with large amounts of cash and bottles of liquor. The pictures came to the attention of the District Attorney's office after an order was obtained to view the suspect's Facebook profile. While Facebook does not automatically grant law enforcement the ability to see profiles or private information, the company does cooperate with court orders.


The pictures themselves are not proof that the father had resources to pay child support, the district attorney's office warns. However, they do provide the probable cause for a warrant to examine his profile as well as interview friends and family to determine if the man was dodging his obligations. The man was served with an arrest warrant but failed to appear in court in February, and although the warrant is still active, there is no word on whether the district attorney's office is still seeking him or if he has hired an attorney. If found guilty, the man could face up to 11 years in prison.

Those who need help collecting unpaid child support may find that a family law attorney can help. A family law attorney may be able to represent a custodial parent and file a complaint to recover child support payments.


Source: ABC News, "Facebook money pics bust Dad for allegedly dodging child support," Alexa Valiente, March 22, 2013

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