Prosecutors are calling Raul Cardona one of the worst deadbeat dads in Milwaukee County history. He owes $250,000 in unpaid child support.
Cardona generates thousands of dollars per week, working as a personal trainer to Hollywood stars such as celebrity client Mike Tyson. After going decades without paying child support, he is now facing another large bill – the one required to get him out of jail.
According to Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney, Maureen Atwel, Cardona’s “current arrears with interest is close to $250,000.” And according to prosecutors, Cardona has been wanted in Milwaukee County since 2008. He had a daughter in Milwaukee in 1993. A year later he was ordered to pay more than $500 a month in child support. But according to investigators, he only made one payment. And then “At some point prior to 2007, the defendant fled the country and moved to Iceland where he started a restaurant,” said Atwell. He then returned to Hollywood.
Recently Milwaukee County district attorney investigators flew to California to apprehend Cardona. Working with U.S. Marshals and the LAPD, they were able to locate and arrest Cardona.
Everything in Fiancee’s Name
“He was a stay-at-home father for the child he has with his fiancee. At one point in time, he was on welfare for the state of California,” said Cardona’s attorney, Daniel Sanders. Sanders claims all of Cardona’s income, home, and fancy cars are all listed under his fiancee’s name.
“The money they reported to the District Attorney’s office as to what he was making, it doesn’t go into his pocket. It goes to his fiancee’s company,” said Sanders.
Cardona is being held on two cash bonds totaling $40,000 until his upcoming preliminary hearing takes place. The District Attorney’s office hopes this case sends a message to all deadbeat dads. “We’re also looking at general deterrence to make sure that people understand that they cannot commit this crime and they can’t get away with this crime,” Atwell said.
Source: Fox6Now.com, Deemed Milwaukee County’s worst “deadbeat dad,” Raul Cardona owes $250,000 in arrears, September 6, 2014
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