My question involves judgment recovery in the State of: IL
In 6/2002 I plead guilty to wire fraud in an IL federal court and was ordered to pay a lump sum payment in the amount of 187K I of course did not have the money so it was never paid. During my probation term I may a few (less than 8) small payments. My probation term ended in 12/2007 and I was never asked for any payments, nor had I ever heard anything from the courts. In 10/2010 my current employer was sent a writ from the courts stating they had 10 days to reply to the letter and that they needed to start garnishing my wages 25%. To this day my current employer has never replied to the letter and they have never been contacted again, Although they have been withholding 25% of my paychecks. In 02/2012 the courts seized my tax return with out notice in the amount of 5k which 4k of that was from claiming my son and part of that 4k was to go to his mother who is now my wife but at the time was not. All of this happened in my young and dumb years 90's, I was 19 when I committed the fraud. it took almost 5 years for the federal courts to do anything and it has been another 10 years since the court case. I am now 35 and boy do I wish I could go back and change time!
1. How long can the federal courts pursue me for the 187K since I will never be able to come up with the money unless I win the lotto. It has been 10 years since the court case and 15 since the offense took place.
2. what should my current employer do? never reply (its already been over 1.5 years)? reply in writing? give them a call?
3. Can the courts seize any of my personal property such as vehicles? I have 2 cars one paid off and another one that I just purchased in 4/2012 via loan.
4. Now that I'm married can they take any of my wives wages or tax returns?
5. Are they allowed to seize all of my federal tax return even if I claimed someone else like my son on it since he has nothing to do with it or can they only seize the part that was as a result on my income?
6. Why all of a sudden are they trying to get money now? after all these years. It is hard enough to provide for my family and they are only making it more difficult. I know I did the crime and all that but geez I was young and dumb and trust me I wish I could change all of it. I mentor the youth now in hopes that I can make a difference in someone's young life choices.