A Wisconsin man, who once boldly claimed he was dead in order to get out of paying child support, has adopted a more believable story, but prosecutors still aren’t buying it.
John McCroy has made his monthly $100 child support payment only once since his daughter was born on New Year’s Eve 2008.
The courts ordered him to start paying in April 2009 but he never did. In November of that year he was in a severe car accident and explains that he “died.” In August 2010 he made one payment so he could buy a car, and he hasn’t paid since.
Now he is telling the court system he is disabled and unable to make the payments.
McCroy, an amateur rapper who goes by the name Jakitdown, first gained media attention in July when Milwaukee’s WITI News tracked him down in a story they were doing on deadbeat dads.
Assistant District Attorney Maureen Atwell said she had been using social media sites to find dads who were flaunting their money online but failing to make support payments to their kids.
McCroy’s name came up. His Facebook and Twitter accounts were reportedly full of images of him flashing jewelry, cash and custom cars.
“Stacks and stacks of money, all this jewelry, the cars. It was just, like, wow, really?” said Canience Haynes, the mother of one of his children.
“I feel like if he could be out here being flashy that he can take care of our child,” she added.
When asked why he hadn’t paid, McCroy offered the bizarre explanation: “I was ineligible to pay it. I was in a hospital and died in a car accident.”
He’s alive and well though, Atwell says, and she wants him to pay up. Images on his social media accounts are proof that he has the money, she says.
McCroy now faces felony charges, according to a new report from WITI.
He didn’t qualify for a public defender so he had to hire his own lawyer. Together they are fighting the charges, claiming that McCroy was so severely injured in his 2009 car accident that he can’t pay.
He faces seven-and-a-half years in prison if convicted. His trial is due to begin in February.