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Child Support Evader: Howard Ramsey
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
Last Address: El Paso, Texas
Height: 6' 3"
Color of Eyes: Hazel
Color of Hair: Brown
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Child Support Evader Howard Ramsey, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Ramsey, who was named a Child Support Evader in November 2004, owes $59,797 for two children.
In February 1990, when Ramsey's divorce became final, he was ordered to pay $200 a month for the care of his children. He failed to do so. At an enforcement hearing in 1992, Ramsey was found to be $4,600 in arrears. Ramsey received a suspended jail sentence and was placed on probation for 60 months.
In December 1994, Ramsey's suspended commitment was revoked and he was ordered to serve jail time. He was released from jail in February 1995 and placed on special supervision. In June 1995, an arrest warrant was issued after Ramsey failed to comply with his probation and payment agreement.
Ramsey has not made a child support payment in more than 10 years. He has turned his back on his children by refusing to provide the financial assistance they need to get through life. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child support, Ramsey now owes more than $59,000.
Law enforcement and investigators from the Attorney General's Office have searched the state for Ramsey. Contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to the arrest of Howard Ramsey.
Child Support Evaders are 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 at 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.