Three South Mississippi men were arrested recently for not paying child support, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Investigators with General Hood’s Child Desertion Unit arrested 41-year-old Victor Maurice, Jr. of Harrison County, 34-year-old Gregory Williams of Biloxi, and 48-year-old William Rich Hennington of Brookhaven. Williams and Hennington were apprehended for outstanding bench warrants, while Maurice was served his long-standing indictment. Each was charged with felony non-support of a child.
The indictments state the following amounts owed and periods in which the fathers did not pay:
- Hennington, $13,263.37,
September 2003 – April 2018
- Maurice, $13,685.00,
January 2014 – April 2018
- Williams, $12,394.00,
January 2011 – March 2018
If convicted, each man faces up to five years in prison and full restitution. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
These cases were investigated by the AG’s Public Integrity Division with assistance from Gulfport and Brookhaven Police Departments. It will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Dana Sims.
The Office of the Attorney General prosecutes cases regarding unpaid child support when all other avenues are exhausted or the case has been referred by the Department of Human Services. If you have a complaint regarding unpaid child support, please contact the DHS hotline at 877-882-4916.