May 2 , 2003
Tim Connolly
(617) 626-2369

Revenue Commissioner Alan LeBovidge announced today that Bruce N. Thornbloom, formerly of Clinton, was arrested this week in Hilliard, OH for nonpayment of child support in Massachusetts.

Thornbloom, 56, was featured on the Revenue Department's "Ten Most Wanted" poster unveiled in November. Thornbloom owes $111,798 for the support of an 11-year-old son who lives in Orange with his mother. Thornbloom is the fifth deadbeat dad pictured on the poster to be arrested.

Thornbloom is being held in the Franklin County Jail in Columbus, OH on $100,000 cash bail. His case was continued May 31.

"Once again the effectiveness of the Ten Most Wanted posters has been shown," LeBovidge said. "Mr. Thornbloom has not lived up to his obligation to provide financial support to his son. Perhaps his arrest will change his behavior."

Thornbloom was found by matching state and federal employment records. Columbus police arrested him at his home Wednesday night.

Since the Ten Most Wanted poster program began in 1992, there have been 11 posters featuring 94 deadbeat parents. Thornbloom is the 84th Ten Most Wanted delinquent to apprehended. Collections from those arrested total more than $2.6 million.

The latest poster can be seen in many public venues or on the Revenue Department's website, www.mass.gov/dor. Anyone with information about any of the deadbeats on the poster should call the tip line at 1-888-926-8337.