Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Robert R. Bliss

Former Shirley resident Terry Lee Azevedo owes $69,122 in unpaid child support, found in RI jail

Department of Revenue Commissioner Navjeet K. Bal announced today that following for Failure to Pay Child Support, law enforcement authorities have found Terry Lee Azevedo in a Rhode Island jail.

He is the third person found on DOR's Ten Most Wanted Poster for Failure to Pay Child Support released Feb. 25. Christopher John Lagos was arrested last week in Venice, FL, while Eric Alphe Grenier was located in a New Hampshire jail the previous week.

Azevedo, 41, has been held without bail since March 3 in the Adult Correctional Institute in Cranston, RI, on a charge of violating bail stemming from two Rhode Island charges of unlawful appropriation of funds over $1,000 (taking $74,000 for construction work not completed) and a charge of possession of marijuana. He had failed to appear for a pre-trial conference in September 2007, which produced a bench warrant issued for his arrest. He is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Providence tomorrow on the Rhode Island charges. It is not known at this time when he may return to Massachusetts.

Azevedo was a corrections officer around the time of the birth of his 10 year old child. His last known Massachusetts address was in Shirley. He was ordered to pay $125 weekly in child support according to the Worcester Probate and Family Court. He pled guilty to criminal nonsupport charges in 2004, at which time he made a lump sum payment of $10,000. One of the conditions of his probation was to make weekly child support payments, but he failed to do so. He has worked in construction and as a carpet layer.

On March 2, authorities in Venice, Florida arrested Christopher John Lagos at a home in Venice on a criminal warrant for non support. Lagos has waived his extradition rights and will be returned to Massachusetts by State Police. Lagos has not made any support payments in more than six years and owes an aggregate of $196,434 in child support. He fled to Florida after being found in contempt of court in Massachusetts.

Hillsborough, New Hampshire officials have identified Eric Alphe Grenier as currently being held in the Hillsborough County Jail, following a conviction on assault charges. He will be held in the jail until he has served the remainder of the sentence for assault, at which point he will be returned to the Commonwealth by mid-summer 2009. Grenier was ordered to pay $136 per week by the Middlesex Probate & Family Court in 1995. In the thirteen years the order has been in effect, he has a made a total of 16 payments. He now owes $188,733 in back child support.

Lagos, Grenier and Azevedo face criminal non payment of child support charges under M.G.L. c. 273, s. 1. Each parent on the Ten Most Wanted list has left the Commonwealth and now faces criminal charges carrying sentences of up to10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Arrest warrants have been issued and the names of each entered in the National Criminal Information Center database.

Those who have information on the whereabouts of the remaining 8 individuals should call the Ten Most Wanted Tip-line at 1-888-WANTEDS.

Over the past 17 years, DOR's Child Support Enforcement unit on 14 previous posters has displayed the faces of 122 non-custodial parents whose whereabouts were unknown and who were far behind on their support payments. Of those 122 parents, 104 have been located and about $4.5 million collected in back child support.

The previous poster, issued in September 2007, resulted in the location of seven delinquent parents and the collection of $123,000. Two others on the poster are overseas but outside the jurisdiction of child support authorities.