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Syosset Man is Nation's No. 1 Deadbeat Dad, Pleads Guilty to Owing $1.2 Million

Written by Lyndsay McCabe  |  22. February 2013

The country’s most wanted deadbeat parent pleaded guilty in a Central Islip court on Thursday to owing $1.2 million in child support for three children from two separate marriages.

Robert Sand of Syosset was formerly a successful car salesman who lived in a lavish lifestyle in a large home. He earned $500,000 to $600,000 per year in the 1990s, and then falsely reported his income so as to pay less in child support.  When his business and marriages failed, Sand continued to avoid paying child support for his two daughters from the first marriage and one daughter from the second marriage.

Sand was charged with two counts of failing to pay child support, and when multiple warrants for Sand’s arrest were issued in 1996 and the charges for missing child support grew, Sand fled the area.  He first went to Florida, and then Thailand where he worked temporary jobs including selling motorcycles.  He then flew to the Philippines.  Sand was arrested and deported from the Philippines in November 2012 due to a lack of proper identification, and was taken into custody in the United States on December 17, 2012.

"He had enough and wanted to come back and have the opportunity to make it right," said Sand’s attorney Glenn Obedin to reporters.

Sand agreed to pay the $1.2 million in child support to his ex-wives.  In addition, Sand will be spending up to four years in prison starting this May.  Obedin claims that it is the wish of Sand’s ex-wives that he can be free to work so that he can fully repay his debt, and that Sand has already been offered a job in car sales when he is released from jail.

In order to make the U.S Department of Health and Human Services most-wanted list, a parent must owe over $5,000 in child support, and fled to a different state or country to avoid paying child support. 

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