Weekly AG Newspaper Columns
Child Support Evader: Jerry Dale Keefer
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER: JERRY DALE KEEFER
Last Address: San Marcos, TX
Height: 5' 6"
Color of Eyes: Brown
Color of Hair: Brown
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Child Support Evader Jerry Dale Keefer, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Keefer owes more than $31,000 in past-due child support for the care of his three children, who live with their mother in Kyle. Keefer was added to the Attorney General's Top Ten List in October 2002. He has gone underground to elude officials and willfully avoid arrest on his Attorney General child support case.
In October 1996, a Hays County judge found Keefer $2,000 behind in child support, and ordered the delinquent father to pay $368 a month to cover current support and the arrearage that he owed. Keefer, who did not follow the judge's order, was sentenced to jail in December 1999, and ordered to participate in a work release program. Keefer refused to cooperate and was released from jail after serving a maximum sentence of 180 days.
Keefer failed to appear at a subsequent hearing to address his failure to pay child support, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child support, Keefer now owes $31,280 in unpaid child support.
Evader Keefer may be hiding in San Marcos, and is most likely working for cash to avoid garnishment of wages to pay child support. Based on tips from concerned citizens, we believe Keefer has shaved his head and moustache to avoid detection. He may be driving a gray Chevy pickup truck with Arizona license plates. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Jerry Dale Keefer is encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377).
Child Support Evaders on the Top Ten list are being singled out 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 court's order to pay child support. The Attorney General's Office helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services.
Visit the agency's Web site www.oag.state.tx.us to find out about other Child Support Evaders, and to obtain information about the Attorney General's Child Support Division.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
CHILD SUPPORT EVADERS
Criteria for a parent to be named a Most Wanted Child Support Evader:
• Court-ordered delinquent support must be in excess of $5,000
• Arrest warrant must have been issued for non-support
• Location of non-custodial parent is unknown
• Parent has not made any payments in the last six months
• Non-custodial parent must not be involved in bankruptcy proceedings
• Non-custodial parent must not be receiving welfare benefits
Because we must make Child Support information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.