Poor Robert Croak Jr. He probably thought he was being clever when he manipulated his work schedule to avoid paying an ass-ton of funds in child support. A nuclear power plant specialist by trade, Croak is unemployed for large periods of time as a matter of course. But the Massachusetts Courts of Appeals this week affirmed lower court rulings that Croak intentionally passed up on new gigs and lived off of his retirement savings as a way of skirting his support debt. Now the courts are ordering him to choke up $119,000 in back support to his ex-wife Lorraine Bergeron and their two wee ones.
Nice try, Mr. Croak. You would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids and that stupid wife!
(God, I’ve always wanted to work Scooby-Doo into a PBB post…)
Good luck to Ms. Bergeron in collecting on this backlog. Fortunately for her family, it sounds like Croak is plumb out of legal options shy of petitioning the Supremes. And I don’t see this case ending up there, given the lack of a Constitutional issue. You’re a deadbeat dad, dude. You didn’t pay when you knew you were obliged to. You received nearly half a million dollars between retirement account withdrawals and inheritance. How much of that did your kids see? Did you even stop to think about them while you were livin’ it up? I hope you spent that cash on something hardcore, like hookers and blow – ’cause you’re gonna be paying for your good time for many, many years to come.