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DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE

March 31, 2000
Release 000-83

STATE CHARGES TWO IN CHILD SUPPORT SCHEME
Grand Jury Indicts Former Guide for Fraud; Accomplice Also Charged

 

A grand jury has indicted Michael Anthony Roberts of Anchorage for falsifying business records to avoid paying child support, a felony. The state also filed a misdemeanor charge Thursday against his accomplice, Lisa Ann Jones, who allegedly helped Roberts evade his child support obligation.

"Our job is to collect child support for tens of thousands of children. It's unfortunate that parents are willing to break the law to avoid supporting their children," said Barbara Miklos, director of the Alaska Child Support Enforcement Division.

The Anchorage Superior Court issued an arrest warrant today for Roberts, 38, who also is wanted by the state on 16 charges for running an illegal guiding operation, same-day airborne hunting, guiding and hunting without a license, and unlawful possession of game. Roberts ran away Sept. 16 from his hunting camp west of Talkeetna as state troopers were closing in at the end of an undercover sting operation.

Authorities have not been able to find Roberts, though the state seized two airplanes and several weapons last fall and plans to auction one of Roberts' aircraft in May to help pay his child support debt.

Roberts owes $65,000 in delinquent child support and interest.

Roberts was indicted Thursday for providing a false Social Security number to his employer in Eagle River in March 1999. He faces a maximum of five years in jail and a $50,000 fine on the felony charge. He also was charged with criminal non-support, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Lisa Ann Jones, 38, of Anchorage, was charged with aiding the non-payment of child support, a misdemeanor, for allegedly assisting Roberts in his scheme to avoid child support. The state alleges Jones deposited Roberts' money into credit union accounts in her name to help him evade his child support obligation.

Jones faces a maximum one year in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.