Attorney eludes deputies serving support warrants

November 21, 1996|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

An attorney who owes more than $103,000 in child-support payments is being sought by the Baltimore sheriff's office, which has been trying to arrest him since June 1994.

Sheriff's deputies again failed to find attorney Joseph Lee Friedman, 48, during Tuesday's Operation Northeast Express II, which targeted people who owe child-support payments in 10 Northeastern states, including Maryland, said city Sheriff John W. Anderson.

"Mr. Friedman owes more than $103,000 in back child-support payments" for a son who lives in Florida and for whom Friedman agreed to pay $4,000 a month in support, Anderson said.

He said Friedman -- who owed $103,854.99 Nov. 1 -- worked in an office in the 200 block of W. 28th St., frequented South Baltimore and was last known to drive a white 1996 Ford Explorer with tags 821664M.

Anderson said that Friedman has a wife in South Baltimore who owns a bar, and that her residence and place of business and two Federal Hill houses Friedman owns are under surveillance.

The sheriff's office has tacked up wanted posters throughout South Baltimore, made pre-dawn visits to his houses, had his photograph shown on television newscasts and distributed nationwide bulletins with Friedman's photo -- all to no avail.

During Tuesday's operation, sponsored by the National Sheriffs Association, 26 Baltimore deputies went to residences and workplaces, seeking to serve 100 arrest warrants for delinquent parents, including Friedman. Anderson said 61 parents were arrested.

Pub Date: 11/21/96

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