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West Michigan man wanted for failing to pay a fortune in child support


GRAND RAPIDS (WKZO) -- A Van Buren County man is America’s most wanted ‘deadbeat dad'.

They don’t know where Joseph Stroup is living, but say he owes 559-thousand dollars to the family he left in 1989.

He was ordered to pay child support, which he later got reduced to $14 a week, claiming he was jobless and disabled.

A few years later he sold an internet firm for 2-million dollars and disappeared.

That’s when he was charged and the indictment sealed so Stroup didn’t know they were after him.

Federal prosecutors say after 16-years, its time to go public.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services plans to add him to their on-line list of Most Wanted Deadbeats.