Man returning from cruise arrested for child support charge

Child support case involves Colorado man owing more than $70,000 to two MI children

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Tuesday announced the arrest of a Colorado man on an outstanding felony warrant for failure to pay child support.

Craig Northup, 42, of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with two counts of failure to pay child support, a four year felony, for allegedly owing a total of $73,385.76 in child support to two Michigan children.

"One of my most important responsibilities is to protect Michigan's children," said Schuette. "If you flee the state in an effort to avoid your child support obligations, we will find you and set things right."

Northup was arrested by U.S. Customs Agents in Miami on Dec. 3 after returning from a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. Arrangements are being made for Northrup to be arraigned on the Michigan charge as soon as possible.

The Child Support Division focuses on those parents who have an ability to pay, but refuse to do so. Schuette said his office focuses on non-custodial parents resuming regular child support payments, not jail time. The division has collected nearly $30 million for 2,370 Michigan kids since January 2011.Since the majority of county prosecutors have a limited budget, if any, to pursue and transport out-of-state offenders, Schuette's office is able to fill this gap in the system.

To date, nearly half of the child support cases handled by Schuette's office have involved out-of-state defendants. The division receives case referrals from county prosecutors, Friend of the Court offices, custodial parents, and law enforcement agencies.

Custodial parents currently not receiving support may file an online request for review by Schuette's office at <>.

Published: Thu, Dec 6, 2012