Sacto 9-1-1
February 14, 2011
El Dorado County father arrested in failure to pay child support

Gerald Boldt.JPGBy Niesha Lofing

A dad who allegedly owes more than $190,000 in back child support payments to his El Dorado County ex-wife was arrested last week in Los Angeles after flying in from the Philippines.

El Dorado County officials on Wednesday were notified that Gerald Boldt, who owed child support payments to the mother of his now-emancipated child, was getting ready to leave the Philippines.

Boldt was attempting to apply for additional passport pages at the embassy in Manila when a routine check revealed he was on a passport denial list for having failed to pay child support payments, Laura Roth, director of child support services for El Dorado County, stated in a news release.

His ex-wife hadn't received any direct payments, nor had she or their child had contact with Boldt, in the past 10 years, Roth said.

The county District Attorney's Office sent an investigator to Los Angeles to greet Boldt when he deplaned at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Customs agents and Los Angeles police assisted with the arrest.

Boldt was arrested on a felony warrant on suspicion of failure to pay child support. He is being held on $500,000 bail. The District Attorney's office is reviewing the case.

Roth has been working in child support services for 23 years and it isn't often that people are arrested for failing to make payments. Boldt, whose occupation was not disclosed, did have "significant income" the years he failed to make payments, Roth said in phone interview.

"Hopefully it will scare a few other people into making good on what they should be doing for their kids," Roth said.

Boldt is being held in Los Angeles County Jail and likely will be extradited to El Dorado County.

Call The Bee's Niesha Lofing, (916) 321-1270.

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