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Child Support Evader Stephen Zygaj
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER STEPHEN ZYGAJ
By Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott
Last Address San Antonio, TX
Occupation General Laborer
Weight 140 lbs.
Color of Eyes Brown
Color of Hair Brown
Tatoos Wolf, Pink Panther, and Tazmanian Devil holding a beer mug on arms
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help locating Child Sup-port Evader Stephen Zygaj, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Zygaj, who was added to the Child Support Evader list in September 2007, owes $40,930 for the care of a 9-year-old son in Michigan.
In 2002, Zygaj was ordered to pay $181 a week in child support. Zygaj did not follow the courtís order to support his child financially. By 2004, he owed more than $10,000.
After being given many opportunities to catch up on his payments, an arrest warrant was issued in April 2006 when Zygaj failed to appear at a court hearing to address his noncompliance.
Zygaj was released after serving five days in jail on the condition that he participate in a Bexar County program that provides job assistance and training to parents who are delinquent in their child support payments. Zygaj, who by this time owed more than $30,000, did not show up for his scheduled appointment or appear at subsequent enforcement hearings. He now is wanted on a $6,000 cash bond that when paid will go to the mother and child who are owed the support.
Zygaj has not made a child support payment in two years. By refusing to provide the financial resources his son needs, Zygaj has turned his back on his child and violated the law. A combination of missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child support adds up to more that $40,000 in unpaid child support that Zygaj owes.
Investigators from the Attorney Generalís Office have searched the state for Zygaj. He is believed to be living in the San Antonio area. He may be working for cash or self-employed to avoid garnishment of wages to pay child support. Contact the Attorney Generalís Office at 866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to the arrest of Stephen Zygaj.
The Child Support Evaders are selected because they have the ability to take responsibility for their children, but refuse to do so. Incarceration is the only option for parents who flagrantly ignore a courtís order to pay child support. The Attorney Generalís Office helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services. Visit the agencyís Web site www.oag.state.tx.us to find out about other Child Support Evaders, and to obtain information about the Attorney Generalís Child Support Division.