From an article in the Seattle Times.
He’s not the ordinary (alleged) deadbeat non-custodial parent.
In the 1980s, he made millions in biotech.
In 1988, when he married, his prenup generously promised 70% of the couple’s community property to his bride.
In 1996, when they divorced, both alimony and child support obligations were substantial.
But a court later upped the amounts – because it ruled that he had previously hidden assets.
He reportedly stopped paying support for his three children around 2002 / 2003. The arrears allegedly eventually climbed to $165,000.
His defenses were:
- he went bankrupt in 2002 and
- he was afflicted by mental illness in 2003
He was convicted of willful failure to pay child support.