Bail increased to what man is alleged to owe in child support

September 08, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Sun Staff Writer

The man listed as Maryland's most-wanted deadbeat dad had his bail increased to $48,135 -- the amount he is alleged to owe in child support for his five children -- during a Howard Circuit Court hearing yesterday.

Charles Anthony Farace, 43, of Woodlawn had been held on $30,000 bail since his arrest two weeks ago on charges that he violated a Howard County court order requiring him to pay child support.

Maryland child support enforcement officials had listed Mr. Farace as the state's most-wanted deadbeat dad before his arrest.

Two of Mr. Farace's children have come to his defense, saying that he regularly provided them with money and that they were "brainwashed" by their mother into believing he didn't want anything to do with them.

Mr. Farace's $30,000 bail was set in 1992, when prosecutors charged him with contempt of court for failing to pay child support. The bail was set at the amount he then owed his ex-wife, Joy Goldsmith of Ellicott City.

Mr. Farace allegedly did not make any further support payments and eluded authorities until his arrest Aug. 26 at his home in the 6600 block of Tallulah Ave.

During an arraignment hearing yesterday, Master in Chancery Bernard Raum increased Mr. Farace's bail to $48,135 pending an Oct. 17 hearing on the contempt charge.

If Mr. Farace posts the full bail, the money probably will go toward his child support bills.

Mr. Farace, who operated a roofing and chimney sweeping company, was divorced from his wife in 1986 after about 15 years of marriage.

Their five children range in age from 13 to 21. Ms. Goldsmith has three more children from her second marriage.

From the start, Mr. Farace failed to make his monthly payments of $600, and prosecutors continually tried to cite him for contempt of court, according to court records.

When sheriff deputies tried to serve Mr. Farace with court summonses at various addresses, they could not find him. Ms. Goldsmith finally found her ex-husband in 1991, based on a tip from an acquaintance of his.

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