Robert R. Bliss
Christopher Hardy, a former Massachusetts resident, pled guilty today (March 10, 2008) to owing more than $30,000 in unpaid child support for his daughter, who lives in Weymouth, in Quincy District Court.
Hardy was sentenced to 90 days house of correction, suspended for 2 years, with the key condition of probation that he must comply with all Norfolk Probate Court orders that deal with child support - or face an immediate 90 days in jail on this case.
The criminal prosecution of Hardy arose out of the partnership between Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue in which an assistant Norfolk district attorney is assigned to DOR to handle criminal enforcement of non-support cases and related matters.
The defendant is currently being held at Norfolk House of Correction in Dedham until his 6-month Probate Court sentence ends in June 2008.
Hardy owes $32,960.75 before interest and penalties; the current order out of Norfolk Probate Court is $150 per week.
Hardy was arrested in Sun City, AZ on September 28, 2007 on a criminal nonsupport warrant issued on July 20, 2007. He was in the custody of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department until he waived rendition at an October 4 court hearing in Arizona and was transported back to Massachusetts by State Police assigned to the office of the Norfolk District Attorney William R. Keating.
Norfolk County District Attorney spokesman:
(781) 830-4800 Ext. 217