WICHITA - A federal indictment in Wichita accuses a California man of not paying more than $35,000 in child support for his children in Kansas.
Christopher L. Mason, 29, of Modesto, Calif., faces four counts of failing to pay child support spanning nearly 10 years.
The indictment claims that Mason had children ages 12, 9, 5 and 4, living in Sedgwick, Shawnee, Reno and Sumner counties in Kansas.
The Child Support Recovery Act makes it a federal crime not to pay large sums of child support for two years or more. Mason is charged with three counts of owing more than $10,000 in child support and one count of failing to pay more than $5,000.
If convicted, Mason faces a maximum penalty of two years in federal prison on each count and a fine of up to $250,000, as well as mandatory restitution of the unpaid child support.