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Man sentenced on felony charge of $40,223 of unpaid child support

Andrew Alan Lefebvre, 40, of 22538 310th St., Callaway, has been sentenced in Becker County District Court on a felony charge of not paying child support.

According to court records, on May 3, 2006, he was ordered to pay $1,225 a month in child support. He failed to pay on a regular basis, and with cost-of-living modifications, he owed $40,223 through May of 2015.

He appeared March 17 before District Judge Jay Carlson, who issued a stay of adjudication and ordered him to pay a $50 fine, plus $210 in court fees.

Lefebvre made a $1,200 payment towards his child support arrears on March 14, prior to his sentencing, and he paid an additional $6,000 on the date of sentencing.

He also signed (and filed) a written payment agreement to pay $2,000 a month towards his support obligation, and agreed to set up automatic withdrawal of these payments from his checking account.

According to the Becker County Attorney’s Office, the policy behind not pushing for any jail time or a larger fine in this type of case is that it’s better to have the person who is in default working, rather than sitting in jail.

And as much of the money as possible should go towards supporting the children, rather than fines.

If he fails to follow through on the payment plan, he could be facing a local jail sanction, a felony conviction and ultimately time in state prison.

The stay of adjudication stems from a state law designed to allow a person charged for the first time with criminally falling far behind on child support to avoid a felony conviction.

Lefebvre was placed on supervised probation for four years.