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Looks like “Love and Hip Hop New York” star, Rich Dollaz’s name might just be wishful thinking. Our sister site Bossip confirmed that the music industry executive has been arrested for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back child support.
Police picked Dollaz up near his North Bergen, New Jersey home last week and as of today, he’s still sitting in jail. A judge ordered that he would need to pay $82,000 in cash to get out on bail.
Richie Dollaz, whose legal name is Richard Trowers, was arrested for two different child support warrants, one for $188,000 and another $12,000.
Chaundrea Nicole, one of the mothers of Dollaz’s children said that he owes $188,000 for her 14-year-old daughter.
She told Bossip, “My caseworker called me last week and told me they had him. He’s never made one payment. He’s only seen my daughter one time. I do want them to develop a relationships, but it’s not right at all.”
Chaundrea continued, “He’s on the show, he’s got all these different cars but when my daughter asks for some tennis shoes, he won’t respond.”
Judging by all the money Rich claims to have on the show, there is absolutely no reason he hasn’t made a single payment in 14 years. Even if he had some type of off-the-book agreement with Nicole, he should have been smart enough to get the law involved.
What’s particularly interesting is Rich’s inmate profile form. In the occupation section, he told authorities that he was unemployed.
Seeing that the judge wants $82,000 in cash, Dollaz might be in that cell for a little while longer.
He’s set to appear in court again in March.
Babies are definitely a blessing but they are very expensive as well. When it comes to taking care of their children, these celebrities were hauled into court and a couple even ended up behind bars because they didn’t take care of their financial obligations.
A burger run turned into a night in jail for Rich Dollaz last week. The “Love & Hip Hop” star had a hankering for some food from the Five Guys burger franchise and he double-parked outside of a police station in New Jersey. While he was waiting for his order, police came out, ran the license plates on the car and found out that there was a warrant out for his arrest for failure to pay $11,000 in child support. Rich Dollaz was hauled off to jail and released the next day after he paid in full.
Earlier this week we reported that Rich Dollaz was double parked at a Five Guys in New Jersey. When the police ran his license plate, they found that Dollaz owed $11,000 in child support. He was arrested immediately.
In an effort to clear his name, Rich Dollaz spoke to The Jasmine Brand about his recent run in with the law and addressed the important question of why he missed his payments in the first place.
Dollaz said that he’s relocated to Atlanta from New Jersey. But the move caused a bit of confusion.
“I’m not going to pay child support on two different cases. If the lawyers where I live tell me that they’re moving the child support from New Jersey, where I used to live to Atlanta where I now live, I’m thinking it’s done. I’m not aware that there’s an open case in New Jersey and an open one in Atlanta.”
But Rich made sure to express that money was not the issue.
“I always had money, my parents had money, it’s not something new…I don’t run around bragging about money, that’s not what I do.”
Which doesn’t really explain why he hasn’t gone ahead and paid the child support…
But at the end of the day, Rich says the arrest was his fault and he takes full responsibility.
“It was a mix up. It was my responsibility to make sure everything was right, I didn’t make sure everything was right but now I’m suffering the consequences.”
Carnell Alexander is caught up in a nightmare with the State of Michigan. According to ABC affiliate WXYZ, a Detroit man owes $30,000 in support for a child that is not even his.
This battle started more than 20 years ago, when Alexander was pulled over for a traffic stop in the early ’90s. When he was confronted by the police officer, the officer told Alexander that he had a warrant out for his arrest because he was “a deadbeat dad.” Problem was, Alexander, to the best of his knowledge at least, didn’t know that he had a baby.
“I knew I didn’t have a child, so I was kind of blown back.”
The state said that he had fathered a child in 1987 and had been ignoring his responsibilities and an order to pay child support. When he tried to tell the judge presiding over his case that it wasn’t his child, he was told that “it was too late to get a DNA test.”
But he worked hard to track down the woman who was the mother of the child, an ex, and got a DNA test from her. He was proven right: he was not the father. As it turns out, the reason Alexander is in this jam is because the mother of this child (now an adult) put his name down as the father on an application for welfare benefits. She didn’t know who the child’s father was at that time. As she put it:
“I had to turn to welfare…I had to put him down as the father. That was the only way I could get in the system.” But she does regret the way things have turned out.
“Everything is my fault that I put him through. I want everything to go away for him so he can go on with his life.”
But it doesn’t look like he will be able to anytime soon. Alexander shared his paternity results with the judge, and she didn’t care.
“Case closed. I gotta pay for the baby.”
According to the judge, a summons was sent to Alexander at his father’s home where he was staying in the late ’80s that he didn’t sign, and therefore, he didn’t show up to court to take care of this matter a long time ago. Had he done something about this situation 24 years ago, in the judge’s mind, he wouldn’t be dealing with this drama today.
But as it turns out, there was a major mix up that is holding him back. In the late ’80s, a process server turned in a document to the courts saying that Alexander was delivered a summons at his father’s home, but wouldn’t sign it. As it turns out, Alexander was actually locked up at the time that the process server delivered the document (for a crime he committed when he was young), so he never received the order to come to court, and didn’t know about any child or child support drama.
“I wasn’t there. I couldn’t refuse to sign.
I had no knowledge that I had a child support case against me.”
With the help of the unnamed mother, the State of Michigan has forgiven the debt he was in for child support to her. But sadly, he still owes $30,000 for the welfare that was allocated over the years to mother and child because the situation wasn’t handled long ago. He refuses to pay it and is currently being threatened with jail time.
“I feel like I’m standing in front of a brick wall with nowhere to go.
We know this is not my child so let’s do what we need to do, what’s right.”
Alexander has found himself in quite the mess. Check out more about his story below.
Ludacris’ Baby Mother Calls BS On Claims He’s Too Broke To Pay $15K Child Support, Wants Financial Records For Last 2 Years
Earlier in the year the news broke that rapper Ludacris had fathered a child with a woman named Tamika Fuller while on break from dating longtime girlfriend Eudoxie Agnan. Soon after, the child support battle began. She was seeking $15,000 from him per month, but the rapper admitted that he wasn’t living as lavishly as everyone thought. He claimed that he only made $55,000 in 2013, and the money he was looking forward to from his work on Fast and Furious 7 was out of reach because shooting went on hold after the death of Paul Walker. He only wanted to pay her $1,800 a month, but a judge ordered him to pay $7,000 for his newborn daughter, Cai.
Well, shooting for the film has continued. The rapper has filmed swanky music videos, and he not only hosted the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, but he also was co-host of the ABC reality show, “Rising Star.” The checks are coming in. With that in mind, Fuller thinks Ludacris has been lying about his finances and wants proof and receipts of how he has been spending his money for the last two years…
According the the JasmineBrand, who got their hands on court documents, Fuller wants all of the following financial records in order to prove that Luda can afford to pay her the initial $15,000 per month she was asking for:
“All receipts, sales or purchase notices … of any tangible personal property including … any gold, silver, jewelry, watches, furs, automobiles, stereo equipment, televisions, cameras, video equipment or any other purchases over $499 since June 1st 2012.”
Just when he thought the drama from this situation was dying down, Fuller is back and going for the jugular –and his pockets. Do you think the rapper can afford $15,000 per month? Do you think Fuller’s support request is way too much?
I can’t help but regard Lamar Sally as one low down dude. I wasn’t in his and Sherri Shepherd’s marriage but his actions since their split seem to show that his main motivation is– and perhaps has always been– “the dollar dollar bills y’all.”
His recent antics have kept him in the media. Remember the divorce diet? And now he’s made another money-hungry move.
According to Radar Online, Sally recently rejected a divorce settlement offer of $100,000. In addition, Shepherd was offering to pay $3,000 in monthly child support for the son a surrogate gave birth to recently. The child is not biologically related to Shepherd.
Shepherd offered the lump sum so she can move on with her life but Sally is not having it and is contesting the couple’s prenup. Under the terms of their prenup, Sally waived any rights to collect spousal support from his estranged wife.
And while she and Sally eventually agreed to have a baby using a surrogate, a source claims that Sally misled Shepherd about the terms of their surrogacy. Apparently, she believes it was alway his intent to sue her for child support.
It very well could have been because Sally rejected the offer, saying he wanted not $3,000 but $10,000 in child support.
A source told Radar that Shepherd thinks this is absolutely ridiculous and refuses to pay it.
At this point, it’s looking like the case will have to be settled in court.
Though we don’t see him in the spotlight as much as we did during his Fugee days, Pras has been quite busy spearheading several political projects. According to the Daily News’ Confidenti@l, he has appeared before the U.N. and met with several government officials, including President Barack Obama, regarding his passion projects such as fighting poverty in Haiti and supporting renewable energy in the United States. Friends say that he was also supposed to speak to the United Nations General Assembly next month; however, that may not happen. Sources claim that his sticky child support/child custody battle with former flame Angela Severiano is putting a damper on things.
“He’s in the political arena and is really taking a hit,” a so-called friend of Pras told Confidenti@l.
Apparently, this is all due to him being perceived as a deadbeat father.
“They pulled him from the pool because they obviously can’t be associated with press like this,” the friend continued.
The way Pras’ pal tells the story, the 41-year-old is not opposed to supporting his son, Landon; however, Angela, who reportedly earned nearly $72,000 last year working for a financial firm, is trying to have his monthly payments increased from $3,100 per month to $9,000 per month.
“He’s not opposed to paying additional child support should the court order it based on the child’s needs,” the source continued. “He’s not fighting his child.”
Angela is reportedly arguing to have the payments increased because her arrangement with Pras is making raising their son in her tiny Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, which costs her $2,200 per month, challenging. To that, Pras’ friends say that he recently submitted an $83,000 check to the New York City Child Support Processing Center “to cover child support retroactive from the time Landon was born.” They say that he is also consistently making monthly child support payments as ordered by the courts.
“So why can’t she move again?” Pras’ friend questioned.
According to Angela’s attorney Kenneth Sternberg, she is playing financial catch-up from the three years that she and Pras were on the outs.
“That was money that was due since the child support, and she had to deal with this without him,” said Kenneth. “This case should be over already.”
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As if the situation weren’t messy enough, TV personality Sherri Shepherd is refusing to pay child support for the child she and estranged husband Lamar Sally agreed to have via surrogate.
TMZ is reporting that Shepherd is refusing to pay support since she believes the surrogacy was a set up by Sally in the first place so that he could make a come up from the child support. Sources close to the couple are saying Shepherd no longer wants custody or to even be considered a parent and get stuck with massive child support payments.
Sally and Shepherd recently filed separate court docs to end their marriage.
The baby is due this month to a surrogate who signed a contract with the couple. The baby is said to have been created with Lamar’s sperm and an egg of the surrogate’s meaning Shepherd has no biological ties to the child. Sources say initially Shepherd opted for in-vitro, but once that was unsuccessful her and Lamar explored surrogacy.
Shepherd is refusing any rights or responsibilities towards the child. She has filed for divorce in New Jersey, while Sally has filed in California. Another twist? After some research, TMZ discovered that New Jersey courts generally do not recognize surrogacy agreements, while California law is somewhat different.
We understand that Shepherd doesn’t want to get taken for a fool, but people really need to consider the decisions they are making and stop using these children (unborn or otherwise) as pawns. There are more important things than money and whether you’re making babies the old-fashioned way or via medical advancements, you really have to consider who you’re procreating with. We hope these two can come to an agreement in the best interest of the child.
It’s looking like Columbus Short is facing way more than 99 problems these days. In addition to the criminal charges, which have been filed against him, the former “Scandal” actor has been ordered hand over quite a bit of cash per month to his estranged wife, Tanee Short.
According to TMZ, the troubled star pulled a no-show at a family court appearance. There was no lawyer present on his behalf either. The hearing ended with the absent actor being ordered to pay Tanee $17,005 per month in spousal support. He has also been ordered to pay an additional $4, 542 in child support for their two-year-old daughter. On top of all of that, he has to shell out $25,000 for Tanee’s legal fees.
Maybe Columbus should start taking these legal proceedings a bit more seriously. According to reports, he hasn’t even responded to Tanee’s divorce petition yet. Mind you, she filed in April. Things have been extremely ugly for the couple since their split and Tanee has even been granted a temporary restraining order against him.
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The Stevie J. child support case has got me thinking. Last week, the reality star was arrested for owing over $1.2 million in back child support. It was not a good look, especially when his “wife” Joseline is on TV talking about how rich they are. Smh. In 1999, he was ordered to pay Carol Bennett, the mother of his first two children, $6600 per month. In 2011, that was upped to $8557. He hasn’t paid since 2001. On top of that, he’s got tax liens against him and New York State is threatening to seize his property. Apparently, Steebie no pay nothing.
Stevie J. was bailed out the day after he was arrested, but the damage had been done. To be fair, let me say that his attorney, Daniel R. Meachum, is calling the amount “preposterous,” saying “we find it mathematically impossible for my client to have been that supportive financially.” That means either Stevie was making a nice chunk of money and just not paying or he fell on hard times and never notified the courts. It’s very possible that either could be true. Over a million dollars seems a little crazy, but so does not paying child support since 2001. Once someone owes me as little as $500, I’m coming to get it.
Maybe I’m lying. I don’t even know how much money I’m entitled to after thirteen years in my own situation. Let me explain. Thirteen years ago, I decided to have a child with someone who was not financially stable. I have financially taken care of my daughter since she was born. Though it was his responsibility as much as it was mine, it just didn’t turn out that way after we broke up.
When my daughter was three, I met my husband. Since then, we have raised her together and he has assumed the financially responsibility that comes along with raising a child. For that reason, I am grateful and have never felt the need to file against her biological. It’s a decision that I made because I could. I know that a lot of women don’t have that option.
About 10 years ago, before I was married, I tried to go to the courthouse in Hackensack, New Jersey, just on general principle. Her dad was still a New York resident, and the woman behind the glass told me I had to fill out about seventeen thousand pages of paperwork. I had so many questions. After a ten-minute conversation with her, I left. She made me feel like I was asking for a block of cheese. I had too much damn pride to just sit there and let her think I needed that money. But in retrospect, I needed that money…
After I discovered how painful it was to go through the courts, I never really had any sympathy for a man (or woman, times are changing) who the other parent files against. I trust the courts know what they are doing. Yes, some of the numbers sound ridiculous. Like that $1.2 million dollars. We know he probably doesn’t have it like that (the house on TV is barely furnished). But even though people are quick to say things like “what does the baby’s mother need all that money for?,” I think if the Dad lives a certain lifestyle, then so should the child. And whether or not he does or doesn’t, it “looks” like he lives in that house.
As the years went by, I got busier and the likelihood of adding my own family court struggle was fading. Luckily, my daughter always had food on the table, a roof over her head, and the priciest extracurricular activities Bergen County could offer. This is not to say that her father never gave me anything either. There was the occasional shopping spree he took her on, her cell phone, and a couple of dollars here and there, but it was never substantial. Whenever I bring this up, I’m made to feel like it’s my fault for not going back to that court for that cheese. It’s a fight that no one should have to deal with (and one that can get costly as well). Parents should just take care of their children. If we go half on the baby, we should go half on the bills for her.
Sometimes I wish I had swallowed my pride and continued with the court action. Would it have made a difference? I’m not really sure. But at least it would have forced him to take care of his responsibilities. Maybe I’d be a million dollars richer. Or maybe I’d just be able to get my $500.