PORTLAND, Maine — A Pennsylvania man was arrested Monday and charged with failing to pay child support to a Portland woman for more than two years.
James Christopher Blyler, 43, faces up to two years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if convicted of the federal charges, according to court documents.
According to an affidavit by Special Agent Eric Hafener of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General, Blyler was ordered in 2004 by a federal judge in Portland to pay $165 per week to a Portland woman who gave birth to their child in 1999. The payments were to continue until the child reached the age of 18, in 2017.
He is charged with failing to make payments from Jan. 1, 2012, to April 30, 2014.
According to the affidavit, in August 2010 Blyler was sentenced to three months in prison and one year probation for failing to make payments.
He allegedly owes more than $67,000 in child support. Hafener’s affidavit indicates that Blyler failed to make child support payments despite having a series of jobs.
He was arrested Monday in Pennsylvania, where he works as a truck driver.