Friday, November 4, 2005
Bisain Serrano Owes More than $40,000 in Child Support
BOSTON -- Revenue Commissioner Alan LeBovidge today announced that Bisain Serrano, featured on the Department of Revenue's most recent Ten Most Wanted poster, was arrested in a restaurant on Huntington Avenue Thursday afternoon.
Serrano, 52, a former deli owner in Boston owes $41,845 for the care of his three teen-aged children, two boys and a girl. The Child Support Enforcement Division of DOR had been searching for Serrano for about four years.
"This is the first person to be caught from our most recent Ten Most Wanted poster," LeBovidge said. "We hope that this arrest leads to the payment of the money owed to support his children and that other parents who are not paying will view this as a cautionary tale."
Serrano was arraigned this morning in Cambridge District Court before Judge Roanne Sragow. He is being $30,000 cash bail or a $300,000 surety bond. Judge Sragow scheduled a pre-trial conference for December 1 in Cambridge District Court. Serrano has court appointed counsel and may request a bail review in Cambridge Superior Court.
Since the Ten Most Wanted poster campaign began in April 1992, DOR has collected about $3.3 million in back child support from the noncustodial parents featured on the 13 posters. Serrano is the 93 rd of the 113 scofflaws pictured on the poster to be apprehended. The Child Support Enforcement division of DOR collected $479.2 million in fiscal 2005, a 5 percent increase over fiscal '04.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of the Ten Most Wanted delinquent parents or others who are not paying their court-ordered child support should call the toll-free tip line at 1-888-926-8337.