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Child Support Evader: Gabriel Botello

CHILD SUPPORT EVADER GABRIEL BOTELLO Owes: $97,085 Last Address: Hobbs, NM; last seen in Houston, TX Occupation: Contract Labor/Construction/Flooring Born: 08/05/64 Height: 5' 9" Weight: 170 Color of Eyes: Brown Color of Hair: Black Race: Hispanic 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 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. 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377)