Child Support Injustice
A Philadelphia man was forced to pay more than $12,000 in child support for another man’s daughter and spent two years in jail for falling behind on payments.
Dauphin County prosecutor Edward M. Marsico Jr. told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that he is examining the case of Walter Andre Sharpe Jr., who has been unable to recover the money even after establishing that he isn’t the girl’s father.
The investigation has no specific targets, Marsico said.
Sharpe’s troubles began in 2001, when he signed for a certified letter addressed to Andre Sharpe, the girl’s father. The letter ordered Andre Sharpe to attend a child support conference in Dauphin County, where the girl’s mother lived at the time.
Walter Sharpe, who was already supporting four children from a previous marriage, ignored the letter, and a judge ruled he was the father after neither man showed up. The county family welfare agency then began garnishing Walter Sharpe’s wages from his job at a trash-hauling company.
What kind of a lawyer did he have? What was the evidence the judge used to determine paternity? A certified letter?
This guy has been massively wronged.
He better get a better lawyer.