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For Immediate Release
July 29, 1999

“Egregious Eleven” Most Wanted Sentenced

Maurice P. GheeRichmond, VA - The Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services has announced that another of Virginia's Most Wanted child support evaders has gone to jail. Maurice Phillip Ghee, 39, profiled on the November 1997 “Egregious Eleven” list, received a 12-month jail sentence by Judge William Kerr of the Prince Edward County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Ghee, arrested in California, waived extradition and was returned to Virginia by the Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police. “This case is not about punishment.” Carter said, “It's about supporting one's children. Virginia will not tolerate this sort of conduct and with the help of the law enforcement community and the courts, the message is sinking in.”

The father of five children, Ghee owes $40,703 in back child support payments, plus an additional $11,098 in interest, going back to 1991. He was apprehended while obtaining a California private investigator's license.

Virginia's Director of Child Support Enforcement, Nick Young, says, “The standard of living and quality of life of single-parent families is threatened by absent parents who fail to contribute to the financial support of their children.”

Marian Davis-Johnson
Media Relations

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