Weekly AG Newspaper Columns
Child Support Evader: Gabriel Botello
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
Last Address: Hobbs, NM; last seen in Houston, TX
Occupation: Contract Labor/Construction/Flooring
Height: 5' 9"
Color of Eyes: Brown
Color of Hair: Black
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Gabriel Botello, one of the Most Wanted Child
Support Evaders in Texas. Botello owes $97,085 for two children, ages 14 and 15, who live with their
mother in Houston. Botello was named to the Attorney General's Top Ten List of Child Support Evaders
in May 2003. He has gone underground to elude officials and willfully avoid arrest.
In June 1993, a Brazos County judge ordered Botello to pay $260 every two weeks for his two children's
support. His last payment was in August 1997. When Botello failed to appear at a November 2000
enforcement hearing, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Because of missed payments and the interest
that accrues on unpaid child support, Botello now owes more than $97,000.
Botello may be hiding in the Houston area, and is most likely working for cash to avoid garnishment
of wages to pay child support. In October 2003, a citizen reported that Botello had been spotted near
the intersection of Hardy Toll Road and Tidwell Road in North Houston. He has worked as a carpet and
tile installer and apparently competes frequently in pool tournaments at area bars. He also may be
known by the name "Bo" Botello. He has tattoos on his right arm, scars near both eyes and is missing
his top two front teeth.
Contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that
may lead to the arrest of Gabriel Bottello.
The 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.