Child support evaders arrested in round up

January 26, 2009 10:39:03 AM PST
Local authorities are intensifying their crackdown on parents who are behind in child support payments.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Harris County Precinct 6 has teamed up with the Texas Attorney General's Office to find the most serious offenders in the county.

Investigators have arrested 10 of 65 of the so-called 'deadbeats' who they went after earlier today, including one man who allegedly owes more than anybody in else in this portion of Harris County.

Authorities arrested Robert Romo at his home early this morning. They say he owes $204,000 in back child support for his three children, one of whom is now an adult. His other two kids are now 17 years old.

Romo was supposed to be paying about $1,000 a month and he supposedly hasn't made a payment on that since 2006. Others arrested today were men who owed $58,000 and $43,000.

Investigators say these are significant arrests, proving how serious law enforcement takes the payments of child support.

"Our children should not be compromised because two grown-ups are having differences and are not willing to put that aside and to make sure that the children are taken care of," said Victor Trevino with the Precinct 6 Constable's Office. "So we are taking this very seriously here."

Investigators say people fail to pay child support for a number of reasons, including the struggling economy. But they do say the vast majority of those who choose not to pay actually do have the ability to do so.

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