Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
A Florida accountant has been arrested after it was discovered she’d stolen $169,822 from her employer over a three-year period. In March of 2012, 37-year-old Steffani Lariscy confessed to her employer and owner of Robbins Camper Sales in Ormond Beach, Florida that she had stolen after she was questioned regarding a $1,000 discrepancy that was discovered in the company’s bank statements.
According to the owner, the reason she took the money was to help pay for her divorce, furniture, and breast implants. Despite promising to repay the company, the owner contacted the authorities, and Lariscy fled. The investigation into the stolen funds lasted over a year when Lariscy was arrested on April 18th in Iredell County, North Carolina. During the investigation, her bank statements were subpoenaed and auditors later discovered she’d stolen just over $150,000 in camper sales and almost $19,000 in stolen parts. She has been charged with grand theft.
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Posted on May 8th, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
Jamie McCourt, the ex-wife of Los Angeles Dodgers owner, has sought to amend her multi-million divorce settlement in favor of a bigger payout.
However, a lawyer for Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has argued that the $131 million divorce settlement should be kept since there is no credibility to the allegations made by McCourt’s ex-wife.
Jamie McCourt, however, reasoned that she was misled as to the real net worth of the Dodgers and said she made a major mistake considering the team was sold for $2 billion.
Court records show that it was in October of 2010 when the couple’s marriage officially ended, just before the Dodgers filed for bankruptcy less than a year later. The court will have a final ruling on this case by summer.
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Posted on April 30th, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
Earlier this month, there were 34 court ordered arrests regarding child support violations by the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office of South Texas. The Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division worked together to apprehend those who had failed to make child support payments. Attorney General Greg Abbott stated that the arrests assured that youth, whom the payments are intended to support, would be provided for.
The operation, which led to the arrests, began during the early morning hours of April 9th. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio dispatched two teams to apprehend those wanted. The AG’s Child Support Division provided logistical data used to locate the noncompliant persons.
Each person was arrested on civil charges, facing up to six months in county jail. Custodial parents whose children were owed late payments were provided with the bond payments. According to a press release, any parents who have fallen behind on payments are encouraged to contact the Child Support Division to establish payment arrangements.
If you are having issues collecting support payments for your child from his or her other parent, contact a divorce attorney from San Diego’s Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, at 858.935.6211.
Posted on April 26th, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
55-year-old Frederick Scharnikow of Washington Township, New Jersey has been arrested for owing an estimated $137,000 in overdue child support payments. According to authorities, Scharnikow had been pulled over on the morning of Wednesday, March 27th, for a burned out tail light. The arresting officer, Adam Feichter, stated that he’d recognized Scharnikow from an arrest warrant that had been issued by the county of Sussex.
Scharnikow was immediately placed in custody and was transported to the Washington Township police headquarters. Afterwards, he was taken into custody by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office. This isn’t the first issue Scharnikow has had with his overdue payments. During an October 2012 court appearance for driving while intoxicated, it was discovered he then owed just over $131,000 in payments. Police have yet to announce the specific charges he currently faces.
For the legal experience you need on your side if your child’s other parent is failing to make timely child support payments, contact an attorney from the law office of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, of San Diego at 858.935.6211.
Posted on April 22nd, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
Mark Joseph Geurin, a 24-year-old native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, led police on a high-speed chase, which ended when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a dividing wall. Geurin was wanted by law enforcement for accruing nearly $10,000 in unpaid child support, theft by receiving, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, and failure to appear in court.
Police were informed that Geurin was spotted at Mercy Hospital. In their attempt to apprehend him, the 24-year-old fled, leading to the high-speed chase. During the chase, Geurin nearly collided with a school bus but swerved, causing him to lose control of his vehicle. He was arrested and is being held at the Garland County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He currently faces up to six years in prison.
If your child’s other parent is failing to make court-ordered child support payments, contact an attorney from the law office of San Diego’s Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, at 858.935.6211.
Posted on April 18th, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
In 1990, it was estimated that ten percent of couples divorcing were 50-years-old or older. Today, that number has risen to 25 percent for that same age group. Many believe that an increasing lifespan and changes in the perception of marriage among members of the baby boomer generation are the greatest causes for this uptick in later-in-life divorces. Research found that some couples have a tendency to stay together for the good of their children, but once the children move out of the house and start a life of their own, couples no longer have the same pressure to stay married if they are unhappy in the marriage.
Additionally, it was found that many people seeking later-in-life divorces had already gone through a divorce earlier on in their life, which may make it easier to terminate a second or even third marriage. Finally, it was revealed that women were more likely to ask for a divorce from their spouse later in life, and that infidelity was rarely cited as the reason for a gray divorce, with only 1 in 4 couples listing cheating as the reason they were looking to end their marriage.
Whatever your reason for divorce may be, know that an attorney from San Diego’s Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, can help. Contact one at 858.935.6211.
Posted on April 16th, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
A New Jersey man who won $338 million in a Powerball Lottery drawing used his grand prize to pay off $30,000 in overdue child support payments. Pedro Quezada appeared in court on April 1st after a warrant had been issued for him for failing to keep up with his payments. Quezada won the jackpot on March 23rd and is expected to keep $152 million after taxes.
Quezada and his wife were the owners of a convenience store at the time he was declared the sole winner of the nearly $340 million dollar jackpot. An immigrant from the Dominican Republic, the 45-year old immediately sought to pay off his debts. He has five children, three of which he owed the $30,000 to. He stated that the payments had been mounting over the past four years and plans to gain full custody of the three now that the debt has been settled.
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Posted on April 4th, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
Upon divorcing his wife Sue Ann, Harold Hamm, owner of oil giant Continental Resources, may lose almost half of his $11.3 billion fortune, as well as control of the company, according to Reuters. If no prenuptial agreement exists, Hamm may be left with just over $6 billion. Forbes’ Magazine, which included Hamm on their 2013 World Billionaire’s List, stated that the Hamm divorce may be the most expensive in the history of divorce law.
A former executive of the company, Mrs. Hamm has accused her husband of infidelity. In May of 2012, she petitioned for a divorce; however, Reuters has provided insight that the marriage has been experiencing problems for at least 10 years. This petition is not the first. In 2005, she filed for divorce but the case was dropped. Despite the claim having been dropped, it may play into their current divorce situation in terms of how assets, specifically Hamm’s company, will be distributed.
According to Mr. Hamm, the two have been separated since 2005. Mrs. Hamm’s attorneys, however, claim that the two still reside together, care for the children, and attend functions.
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Posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
The publication Scientific American has released a review detailing that long-term effects on children of divorce are virtually non-existent. Although anxiety, shock, and anger are normal and prevalent symptoms in young children whose parents have divorced, within a period of two years or so, those symptoms disappear and the children go on to live relatively normal lives.
According to the review, years after a divorce has taken place, small differences were found between children of divorce and those of couples who remained married. The differences account for behavioral factors relating to:
- Emotional well-being
- Social interactions
Marital discord was also found to have played a role in a child’s well-being; the greater the discord, the higher the likelihood that behavioral issues would appear. The chances of behavioral problems arising later in life were only slightly higher than those seen in adults whose parents remained married. Overall, it was determined that good parenting was the greatest factor in affecting a child’s outlook.
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Posted on April 2nd, 2013 by Craig Van Thiel
England’s non-ministerial Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has concluded in a recent study that very few domestic violence and rape cases reported each year are falsified. Due to the amount of evidence gathered for each case, the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which published the report, has come to the conclusion that false allegations regarding violence at home is rarer than previously thought.
The study was conducted over a 17-month period and during that time, nearly 112,000 domestic violence-related cases were prosecuted. Out of all of them, only six of the allegations were proven to have been falsified. According to Keir Starmer of the Queen’s Counsel, the number of falsified claims is so rare that it only brings to light the cases that are proven to be legitimate. He also stated that all cases of domestic violence must be reported despite fear of having the allegation thrown out due to speculation of the claim being false.
Domestic violence is a serious offense that should not go ignored. To speak with an attorney with experience handling domestic violence cases, contact the law office of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, at 760.722.7646.