Weekly AG Newspaper Columns
Child Support Evader: Linda Carroll
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER
Last Address: Hot Springs, Arkansas
Occupation: General Labor/Janitor
Height: 5' 4"
Color of Eyes: Brown
Color of Hair: Brown
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Child Support Evader Linda Carroll, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Carroll owes more than $54,000 for the care of a 16-year-old daughter. She is hiding from authorities to avoid arrest on her child support case.
In 1994, a Sutton County judge ordered Carroll to make child support payments of $130 per month, which she consistently failed to do. Early attempts to enforce the child support order were unsuccessful because Carroll moved frequently and ignored legal notices to come to court and resolve her child support debt.
By 1999, Carroll owed more than $27,000. The only money ever paid was a $250 cash bond Carroll posted after she was jailed for failing to appear at a child support hearing.
In April 2001, Carroll was indicted by a Sutton County grand jury on a charge of felony criminal nonsupport for owing $35,000 in back child support.
Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid balances, Carroll now owes $54,757.
Law enforcement officials and investigators from the Attorney General's Child Support Division have searched the state for Carroll, who moves around to avoid apprehension on the child support matter. Carroll has ties to Stillwater, OK, and Hot Springs, AR, where friends and relatives may be hiding her. Contact the Attorney General's Office at 1-866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to the arrest of Linda Lee Carroll.
The Child Support Evaders 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.