Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive

Tuesday, September 19, 2000


Jose Antonio O'Farrill Avila makes record-setting child support payment

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn announced a $1 million child support collection from delinquent noncustodial parent Jose Antonio O'Farrill Avila, a Mexican citizen and heir to a publishing and printing fortune. O'Farrill was indicted and arrested in December, 1999 at his Eagle Lake, Colorado vacation home near Vail on a related criminal non-support charge.

As part of the order issued by Bexar County District Judge Victor Negron today, O'Farrill has paid $291,650 immediately to Luisa Gonzalez, the mother of his daughter. An additional $702,050 has been placed in a trust account with a local bank. In accordance with the court order, the bank will disburse monthly child support payments of $6,300 to Ms. Gonzalez. O'Farrill was also given credit for one payment of $6,300.

Commenting on the record-setting collection, Attorney General Cornyn said, "Parents have the responsibility to support the children they bring into this world. I will continue to work aggressively to see that children receive the court ordered support they deserve."

In December, 1996, Bexar County District Judge Martha Tanner granted a $1 million lump sum to Luisa Gonzalez for the care of her daughter with O'Farrill. The money was to be held and distributed on a monthly basis. Despite repeated attempts to compel payment, O'Farrill failed to comply.

O'Farrill works as a vice president for his father's publishing company, the largest in Latin America, and writes a weekly column for the family-owned Mexico City daily Novedades. O'Farrill is married and a father of four.

The Office of the Attorney General vigorously pursues parents violating court orders to pay child support. Parents with information about delinquent noncustodial parents or other child support issues should contact the Office of the Attorney General by calling (210) 841-8450, email ( or by mail - Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Division, P.O. Box 12017, Austin, TX 78711-2017.

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Contact Mark Heckmann, Heather Browne, or Tom Kelley at (512) 463-2050
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