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Michigan AG Collects 10 Years' Worth of Past-Due Child Support from Deadbeat Dad

LANSING – The Michigan Attorney General’s Office today announced it has recovered nearly $29,000 in past-due child support payments going back 10 years for a father’s 14-year-old daughter.

While Richard Slone’s daughter and her mother relied on state aid, he was buying million-dollar homes in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, earning tens of thousands of dollars on his paintings commissioned by celebrities, and traveling with the likes of Eminem and Emanuel Stewart.

The Attorney General’s Office initiated an investigation and subsequently prosecuted Slone after he consistently failed to make child support payments.

“We believe in bringing deadbeat parents to justice and collecting the child support payments vulnerable families are owed,” Nessel said. “Those seeking to shirk their responsibility as parents should heed this warning: This office will do everything we can to find you and make certain your families are properly supported.”

Failing to pay child support is a felony in Michigan and the Attorney General’s Office regularly pursues deadbeat parents across the nation to collect payment on Michigan-enforceable support orders.

Criminal Failure-To-Pay Child Support cases are handled by the Attorney General’s Financial Crimes Division. The Division aggressively tracks down parents who fail to support their children. To date the Division has collected more than $270 million on behalf of 19,000-plus Michigan children whose parents failed to support them.