NEW YORK -- A man branded the nation’s worst deadbeat dad by federal officials pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he failed to pay more than $1 million in child support after a run from the law that took him around the world and ended with his arrest in Los Angeles.
Robert Sand, 50, was a successful businessman who lived in the suburbs of Long Island east of New York City before disappearing more than 10 years ago. He had been married twice and had three children, including a daughter with his second wife whom he left in 2001.
According to federal investigators, Sand had been under orders to pay child support since 1996, and arrest warrants had been issued for him in 2000, 2002, 2009, and 2010. After fleeing New York for Florida and then Thailand, investigators said, Sand, who had earned $500,000 to $600,000 in the early 1990s, underreported his income to try to dodge child support payments.
He was caught trying to enter the Philippines without proper paperwork last November and then put on a plane to Los Angeles, arrested, and sent to Islip, N.Y., to face trial. With interest and penalties, the amount he owes comes to about $1.2 million.