'Most Wanted Deadbeat Parent' Pleads Guilty
Robert Sand faces up to 4 years in prison for skipping out on child support
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2013 8:15 AM CST
Once dubbed by prosecutors as the government's most wanted deadbeat parent, Robert Sand pleaded guilty yesterday to owing more than $1.2 million to three children from two failed marriages.    ((AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services))

(Newser) – A New York man once dubbed by prosecutors as the government's most wanted deadbeat parent pleaded guilty yesterday to owing more than $1.2 million to three children from two failed marriages. Robert Sand, 50, pleaded guilty in US District Court in Central Islip on Long Island to two counts of failing to pay child support. Assistant US Attorney Alan Bode said in court that the child support orders, which were issued on Long Island, have been in arrears since at least 2002.

The figure cited by Bode includes interest and penalties. The prosecutor declined to comment to reporters after the court proceeding. Sand told the judge he fled first to Florida and then to Thailand. Sand's attorney, Glenn Obedin, said his client had grown tired of living on the run and contacted authorities late last year. Sand faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced in May.

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Dave6034
May 15, 2014 10:04 PM CDT
It's not like this in poor countries. If you get pregnant out of wedlock, the government will not feed you, house you, or give you a cushy job with daycare, nor will it make any effort to track down the father. Your choices are abortion or adoption. With permanent trillion-dollar deficits, America will be a poor country soon. Plan accordingly.
melvin polatnick
Feb 23, 2013 9:31 PM CST
There are worse deadbeat dads on the loose, one young gang banger from Detroit has claimed to be the father of over 50 kids. All are on public assistance and before he finishes xxxxing the state will pay out over 100 million for his partying. His street handle is Cum because of his high sperm count.
Kookey90
Feb 23, 2013 1:24 AM CST
Maybe this guy might have done the math. Realizing that he's broke and owes $1.2M in child support, spending four years in a minimum security (Country Club type) prison with free room, meals, gym and health benefits might not be a bad idea. Oh and by the way, with the unemployment rate right now, he doesn't have to worry about finding a job. This may be a “Win Win” situation for this guy.