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LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Tuesday announced his Child, Elder & Family Financial Crimes (CEFC) Division has charged Harley K. Brown, 66, of Detroit, with one felony count of failure to pay child support. Brown is alleged to owe $99,535.91 in back child support for one child over the course of eight years.
“Parents who are financially able to support their children but chose not to do so must be held accountable for their actions and when the amount approaches six-figures, a felony charge is more than appropriate,” said Schuette. “Our number one goal remains to make life better for Michigan kids.”
Brown was arraigned on October 9, 2018, before Magistrate Dawn White in 36th District Court in Detroit. Bond was set at $25,000.00, 10% bond.
Brown is known for his real estate holdings in Detroit. As recently as May 2018, Brown was a part of the ownership group of the former Southwest Detroit Hospital building.
Child, Elder & Family Financial Crimes (CEFC) Division
Schuette’s CEFC Division works to find parents who have the ability to pay child support but refuse to do so. Schuette noted that while Michigan law allows for felony charges in some child support cases, the main goal in the department is to get non-custodial parents to resume regular child support payments. As a result, Michigan children get the resources they deserve.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.