If there was a world championship for deadbeat dads then Raul Rodriguez Cardona would certainly be a favorite to win.
Rodriguez Cardona, 48, hadn't paid his $563 monthly child support payments in Wisconsin since 1996, racking up a past-due bill of some $250,000 in the process. Now he faces 10 counts of felony failure to support child.
The deceptive dad had built another – very successful – life for himself in Los Angeles, and police nabbed him when he pulled up at the posh Mountain Gate Country Club in his Mercedes-Benz. Rodriguez Cardona had been under surveillance by investigators from the Milwaukee County district attorney's office and was arrested by Los Angeles police and the U.S. Marshals.
"This arrest was possible because of the partnership and collaboration happening now that wasn't happening before," said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. He added that increased funding for child support enforcement by the Wisconsin legislature made the new efforts happen.
Instead of paying child support, Rodriguez Cardona has been busy building up his portfolio as an “international celebrity trainer/coach” with his “Zero to Hero TV" business that promises “to make wellness accessible to everyone with education to avoid medication.”
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He is remarried, to a blond model, with whom he has a 5-year old child.
Based out of Beverly Hills, the fitness instructor has billed himself as “world-renowned” and a “veteran of top selling workout DVDs” using his “RodrigueSize System of fitness and nutritional integration.” Yes, he actually coined the term "RodrigueSize."
But his RodrigueSizing made it easier for the long arm of the law to drag him down.
Rodriguez Cardona now faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted on all 10 charges as well as fines and restitution. He waived extradition and is expected back in Milwaukee in early September.