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Wednesday
Sep292010

Man Sentenced for Failing to Pay Support for His 23 Kids

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) -- After fathering 23 children, Howard Veal has been sentenced to 23-48 months in jail for failing to pay child support.  "In my entire career I have never seen a case like this where so much was owed to so many and ignored," Kent County Judge Dennis Leiber, who has presided over support cases for more than 20 years, told ABC News.

The Michigan man accumulated a debt of more than $533,000 in child support payments, according to court records. Veal has allegedly failed to support his children beyond a few meager payments. "You are the poster child for irresponsibility," Leiber told Veal at a court hearing, according to The Grand Rapids Press. "You're an insult to every responsible father who sacrifices to provide for their children."

With a checkered employment history, the 44-year-old Veal has been living with his current girlfriend, who is the mother of four of his children.  During a presentencing investigation, Veal disclosed he fathered 15 children with a total of 12 women but said he could not remember them all.  Findings by a more comprehensive report ordered by the court alleged Veal fathered 23 children by 14 different women.

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