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Vergas man faces felony for not paying child support

James Fitzgerald Smith, 43, of 29141 County Road 4, Vergas has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony nonsupport of a child -- over 180 days.

He was ordered by a Becker County court in 2003 to pay $217 in child support and $99 in child care per month.

At the date of the criminal complaint (modified for the cost of living) he was suppose to be paying $337 a month in child support and $94 a month towards his arrears.

He was found in civil contempt in 2005 and 2006 for failure to pay child support. He failed to appear for an OTSC review hearing last year and a warrant was issued at that time. He has paid nothing since May 23, 2007 and now owes nearly $30,000, of which $8,500 accumulated since June 1, 2007, according to court records.

On Sept. 10, District Court Judge Peter Irvine issued a summons for him to appear in court Sept. 29.