The petition filed to enforce the payment of the arrears also enabled Project Child Support to seek a court order to seize the assets of Mr. Jordan from all of his revenue sources, to pay his unpaid child support and fees. Included in the subpoena response, Mona Scott represented that her entertainment company “Monami Entertainment”
“I don’t understand how an Executive Producer of a hit television reality series does not enter into any agreements with the cast or the organization contracted to cast the members of a television production. We are going cooperate with the federal agencies investigating this case and provide them with copies of all documents we received that are related to this case, including Mona Scott’s court ordered subpoena response” says Kai Patterson, who is the Founder of Project Child Support.
In response to the subpoenas, Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J failed to accept or respond to the documents (See: Documents). Mr. Jordan’s and Ms. Hernandez’s failure to accept or respond to the subpoenas demonstrates is a violation of the court order subpoena, since they were sent to their correct address. Their failure to accept or respond to the court ordered subpoenas will not help Stevie J in the federal trial that will be forthcoming.
“Because Stevie J is a celebrity of a hit reality series and has the ability to command enormous media attention, his actions are an example to noncustodial parents throughout the world. His child support order was issued consistently with any order issued for a noncustodial parent who is not a celebrity. If he is allowed to not take care of his children without any enforcement actions, it will set a bad example for noncustodial parents throughout the world, and make a mockery of our child support system in the United States of America to the rest of the world. Stevie J’s children have lost 14 and 16 years of opportunities their child support would have enabled, which they can never turn back the calendar to receive,” says Patterson.
When Project Child Support undertook the case on May 29, 2013, the initial documents Carol Antoinette Bennett received from the New York City Office of Child Support Enforcement stated that Mr. Jordan’s total past due support obligation owed equaled “$0.00,” although she was owed over $1 million (See: Initial Statement of Arrears). Perhaps it was the initial statement that caused two prior arrest warrants issued against Mr. Jordan to be dismissed. After requesting a detailed report of the arrears, the subsequent statement issued disclosed that Mr. Jordan’s delinquent unpaid child support equaled $1,026,622.84 (See Page 2: Subsequent Statement of Arrears).
After filing the petition to enforce the payment of Mr. Jordan’s unpaid child support, Project Child Support’s attorneys confirmed with a caseworker from the Office of Child Support Enforcement a federal investigation was being conducted. To ensure Project Child Support did not compromise the federal investigation, no statements or documents were released to the public that disclosed a federal investigation was being conducted.
“It presented a bit of a challenge not to disclose the federal investigation, because we wanted Mr. Jordan and his attorney to realize the seriousness of this case. In February 2014, rather than take even the smallest step to resolve his unpaid child support, Mr. Jordan opened “Sleazy and Zino Bistro”, while failing to make a single payment towards his arrears,” says Patterson.
Last year, Robert Sand, who was dubbed Americas #1 Deadbeat (http://www.justice.gov/
When a noncustodial parent fails to pay child support and the arrears increase to considerable levels, such as in the case of Stevie J’s arrears, felony child support evasion charges can be imposed. The Office of Inspector General, OIG, may intervene in child support cases when: the noncustodial parent willfully fails to pay child support for more than 1 year and the State where the child lives is different from the State where the noncustodial parent lives, the amount the noncustodial parent owes is more than $5,000 and the State where the child lives is different from the State where the noncustodial parent lives, or the noncustodial parent travels to another State or country to avoid paying child support.
Punishment for a first offense for failure to pay child support is a fine, up to 6 months in prison, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent offense or a case when the obligation has been unpaid for longer than 2 years or is more than $10,000, the punishment increases to a fine of up to $250,000, 2 years in prison, or both. Noncustodial parents convicted of these offenses must also pay restitution and/or settlements of the child support amount owed (See: Federal Child Support Laws & Video (https://oig.hhs.gov/
Project Child Support is an initiative that was created to reduce the more than $100 billion in unpaid child support, of which 49 cents of every dollar is absorbed by taxpayers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (See: Article). The initiative provides custodial parents and noncustodial parents with services to assist them in collecting and paying their unpaid child support. The initiative provides investigative services to determine a noncustodial parent’s locations, income and assets, as well as collection services with the aid of Bounty Alert, Inc. (See: Website (http://projectchildsupport.org/))
Project Child Support specializes in those cases whose circumstances meet the federal evasion guidelines, specifically when custodial parents are owed $20,000 or more in arrears. The program also provides services to obtain enforcement orders to enable fugitive recovery agents (bounty hunters), to apprehend noncustodial parents with child support warrants, which relieves states the burden of incurring apprehension costs. Kai D. Patterson created Project Child Support in honor of his mother, who was unable to collect child support from Mr. Patterson’s father, which provides affordable and free services to parents (See: Patterson’s Story (http://kaidpatterson.com/