PORTLAND, Maine — A 48-year-old Florida man was arrested Jan. 23 in Tampa, Florida, on a federal charge that he failed to pay nearly $120,000 in child support to a Maine woman over a 10-year period.
Glen S. Caristinos of Safety Harbor, Florida, is charged with a Class E federal crime that encompasses failure to pay legal child support of more than $5,000, failure to pay support for a child for more than two years, failure to pay support of a child who resides in another state, or other conditions, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Don Clark.
If convicted, Caristinos faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
In an affidavit filed Jan. 21, Special Agent Catherine Richard of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wrote that the child was born in 1999, and in 2001, Caristinos was ordered to pay the child’s mother $248.16 per week. That amount increased and then was reduced in 2006 to $243 per week.
According to the affidavit, despite earning as much as $282,844 per year, Caristinos has only paid $22,259 in child support since 2001. The most recent payment he made was $500 in January 2012 when a Hillsborough County judge ordered the payment to stay out of jail, according to Richard.
As of Dec. 4, 2014, Caristinos owed $119,094.
According to the mother of Caristinos’ child, they met in 1995 when he operated Soho’s bar in Old Orchard Beach. He subsequently worked at Marc Motors in Sanford and owned The Rip Tide Bar in Old Orchard Beach. The couple divorced in 2003.
The mother allegedly told DHHS that Caristinos “got into trouble with drugs and guns” after opening The Rip Tide, regularly carried a pistol and threatened her several times.
She obtained a restraining order in 2005 or 2006 after he said he would “kill her and throw her body in a dumpster,” according to the affidavit.
During the last decade, the child’s mother was employed sporadically and filed bankruptcy, eventually receiving state benefits.
In November 2014, the state of Florida garnished Caristinos’ wages from a property management firm, resulting in a payment of $534.60.
On Jan. 21, U.S. District Court Justice John H. Rich III issued a warrant for Caristinos’ arrest. U.S. marshals arrested him two days later in Florida, according to court documents.
It was unclear Friday where he was in custody.