Say Hello to Howard Veal, because he OFFICIALLY holds the title as “America’s Biggest Deadbeat” According to court records, the Michigan man owed more that $533,000 in child support payments. By his own account, Veal told investigators that he fathered 15 children by 12 different women, however a report ordered by the court found that he actually fathered 23 children by 14 different mothers!!! Now I’ve seen some deadbeats in my life ie; Flavor Flav (Public Enemy/VH1’s Flavor of Love), Antonio Cromartie (NFL NY Jets) but NEVER have I seen a situation of such magnitude. Judge Dennis Leiber who has presided over 2o years of child support cases stated:
“In my entire career I have never seen a case like this where so much was owed to so many and ignored,” telling Veal “You are the poster child for irresponsibility, You’re an insult to every responsible father who sacrifices to provide for their children.”
The 44-year-old Veal who has been living with his current girlfriend (who he currently has 4 children with), had paid less than $90 dollars in the last seven years to two of his 23 children! Here’s where this case gets more appalling:
For a decade (between 1989-99) Veal was estimated to have gotten at lease one woman pregnant every year! The deadbeat case was SO OUTRAGEOUS that the Judge who presided over the case “deviated from sentencing guidelines for substantial and compelling reasons” which means he went beyond normal guidelines and threw the book at him (as he should). Normal sentencing for Deadbeat cases carry no more than six months in jail in the state of Michigan, however due to the nature of the case and the outrageous findings, Veal will receive a sentence between 2 to 4 years in jail.
Hands down this man was spreading more seeds than a John Deere Seed Spreader, and whats appalling was the reckless nature of it all. I’ve NEVER in all my years on this Earth heard of a case like this and if there should EVER be a reason to have a PSA about wrapping it up, this is the perfect Illustration!!!
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