No. 1 Deadbeat Parent Guilty of Owing $1.2M in Child Support

Friday, 22 Feb 2013 08:31 AM

By Megan Anderle

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A New York man considered to be America's most wanted deadbeat parent pleaded guilty Thursday to owing more than $1.2 million to three children from two failed marriages,

Robert Sand, 50, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Long Island to two counts of failing to pay child support as far back as the 1990s, The Christian Science Monitor reported.

To avoid making payments, Sand fled the country after warrants for his arrest were issued in 2000 and 2002. He told the judge he fled to Florida and then to Thailand, where he worked a series of odd jobs. He then flew to the Philippines, where he was arrested and then deported for lacking proper identification.

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When Sand got back to the United States, federal marshals arrested him. He has been held in New York without bail since December. He faces a maximum sentence of four years and will be sentenced in May.

Sand’s debt dates to 1995, when a judge in Nassau County ordered him to pay $750 per week, an amount the court later raised to $995 per week to account for cost-of-living increases, court documents say. He and his first wife were married for nearly 10 years, living on his $500,000 to $600,000 yearly earnings from a car-auction business. He paid $87,000, a little more than two years’ worth of payments, before he stopped paying up, The New York Times reported.

Sand married another woman and moved to Florida in 1997, but that couple, after having one child, also divorced, leaving Sand with an additional obligation of $625 per week in child support.

U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch chalks up the exorbitant child support payment to sheer irresponsibility and selfishness.

"Neither court orders nor the familial bond meant anything to him as he fled to avoid his obligations," Lynch said in a statement.

Sand's guilty plea was a victory for the inspector general’s office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which takes on child-support cases from local authorities when parents in arrears flee. The department compiles a “Most Wanted Deadbeat” list, on which Sands was featured.

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The two mothers of Sand's three children were not in the courtroom for Thursday's proceeding. Sand's attorney, Glenn Obedin, said he contacted them previously and told them it was his goal to make Sand free so he can hold a job and pay back his debt.

As part of the plea agreement, Sand is required to make full restitution. He waived his right to appeal the guilty plea.

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