Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Burditt is being held in Austin at the Travis County Jail, where he awaits transfer to Williamson County to face the criminal charges.
In 1999, Burditt, based on his earnings as a professional basketball player, was ordered to pay $1,200 per month for the support of his daughter, now 18. After repeated violations of the civil court order, an investigator from the Attorney General’s Child Support Division presented the case to Williamson County for criminal prosecution. Due to missed payments and interest that accrues on the past due balance, Burditt now owes more than $126,800 for the care of this child. Burditt also will be prosecuted for failing to provide $56,600 in support for the care of a 12-year-old son.
A criminal nonsupport conviction carries a penalty of up to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
The Attorney General’s Child Support Division is responsible for establishing and enforcing civil child support orders. Attorney General Abbott fosters cooperation between his office and local prosecutors, who have the ability to pursue criminal penalties against parents who have the financial capacity to care for their children, yet steadfastly refuse to make court-ordered child support payments.