A Harrison County jury has convicted a Memphis man of failing to pay more than $23,000 for his daughter’s care.
Abdalrahim Shadi Hasain, 37, was found guilty Thursday in a case investigated by the state attorney general’s child desertion unit.
The jury believed testimony and arguments that Hasain refused to make his child support payments, Attorney General Jim Hood said in a news release.
Hasain had been ordered to start paying $125 per month starting Dec. 1, 2002, said Margaret Ann Morgan, Hood’s spokeswoman. Hasain has only paid a total of $40, in two $20 payments, and those were made after his indictment and arrest.
Hasain is held with no bond at the Harrison County jail. He had been free on $5,000 bond since he was extradited to Gulfport in Feb. 20, 2016, the docket shows.
Circuit Judge Chris Schmidt will sentence him on Aug. 31.
Hasain faces up to five years in prison, a restitution order and a $500 fine.
“Our office will not allow deadbeat dads to get away with not supporting their children,” Hood said. “I thank the jury for recognizing this parent’s responsibility to his child.”
Special Assistant Attorneys General Kimberly T. Purdie and Jim Giddy prosecuted the case.