Weekly AG Newspaper Columns
Child Support Evader: Andres Gomez
CHILD SUPPORT EVADER ANDRES GOMEZ
By Attorney General Greg Abbott
Last Address San Antonio, TX
Height 5’ 6”
Color of Eyes Brown
Color of Hair Gray
Attorney General Greg Abbott needs your help to find Child Support Evader Andres Gomez, one of the Most Wanted Child Support Evaders in Texas. Gomez, who was named a Child Support Evader in December 2006, owes $62,425 for two children from San Antonio.
When he and the children’s mother divorced in 1988, Gomez was ordered to pay $273 per month in child support. Over the next ten years, in spite of numerous warnings from the court to begin making regular child support payments, Gomez fell behind by $20,000, and was placed on probation for his failure to follow the court order.
Despite jail time and mandatory participation in a work release program, this Evader still refused to regularly pay his child support. By August 2001, he owed more than $34,000. An arrest warrant was issued in 2002, after Gomez failed to appear at a child support enforcement hearing.
By refusing to provide the financial assistance they need for a secure life, Andres Gomez turned his back on his children. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on unpaid child support, he now owes more than $62,000 in unpaid child support.
Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office have searched the state for Gomez, who may be hiding in the San Antonio area. Contact the Office of the Attorney General at 866-EVADERS (382-3377) to report information that may lead to the arrest of Andres Gomez.
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 Office of the Attorney General helps parents who lack the ability to pay child support by referring them to job training and employment services. Visit 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
MOST WANTED EVADERS
For a parent to be named as 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
In order to make child support information public, the custodial parent must sign a confidentiality waiver.