Crime

Lucedale man failed to pay child support for 8 years, AG’s office says

A Lucedale man has been arrested for failing to pay child support for nearly eight years, the state attorney general said.

Attorney General Jim Hood said that Ernest Wade Creech, 45, turned himself in to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday following an August indictment by a Greene County grand jury on a felony county of non-support of a child.

The indictment said Creech did not provide for his child between October 2009 and August 2017, in the amount of $59,685.

Creech’s arraignment is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 28. He faces up to five years in prison, full restitution and a $500 fine, according to the AG’s office.

Investigators Michael Stevens and Merritt Barry, both in the AG’s Public Integrity Division, assisted in the arrest. The case was investigated by the AG’s Child Desertion Unit and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Kimberly T. Purdie.

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