Reality show cast member accused of not paying $1M in child support
New York City (WPIX) -- A reality show star and accomplished music producer is accused of failing to pay more than $1 million in child support, authorities in Manhattan said.
The criminal complaint against Steven "Stevie J" Jordan was unsealed Tuesday. The "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" cast member was arrested Monday night at his Atlanta home, officials said.
The 40-year-old is accused of not paying more than $1.1 million in child support even though he was "generating substantial income" from his work with a VH1 reality show, prosecutors said.
In 1999, Jordan was ordered to pay a minimum of $6,608 per month in child support for his two children, according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office. That obligation was increased in 2011 to $8,557 a month.
But prosecutors allege he didn't make those payments willingly.
Prosecutors said Jordan was pulling in about $27,000 a month for his work on the show's first season, and made at least $193,000 from January 2013 to August 2013. They added that Jordan made about $105,000 in royalties from 2003 to 2013.
"Yet, during that same period, [Jordan] did not make a single voluntary child support payment, and had a total of just $18,566 garnished and applied towards his child support obligations," prosecutors said.
A recurring cast member, Jordan joined the VH1 reality show in 2012. It's now in its third season.
He's worked with Sean "Puffy" Combs at Bad Boy Entertainment, and has produced several of Notorious B.I.G.'s classics, including "Mo Money Mo Problems" and "Nasty Boy." His resume boasts projects with the likes of Faith Evans, the Isley Brothers, Babyface and Mariah Carey.
If convicted in the child support case, Jordan faces up to two years in prison.
An email to Jordan's camp requesting comment was not returned by the time of publication.