Roscoe Tanner — Child support absconder
I am a fugitive recovery agent, and was hired to locate a fugitive named Roscoe Tanner who had been ordered by the Dade County, Georgia courts to pay child support for his two children. The Dade County sheriff had been unable to locate this absconder for several years.
I found Tanner living in an exclusive resort in Florida, but could not serve process or warrants on him there because the resort security would tip him off, so I tracked him to Atlanta where he was appearing in a celebrity tennis match.
With the assistance of the Atlanta police, I served my process on him, and he was arrested for contempt of court and failure to pay child support.
A few years later I got another request to find him for service of two more warrants, this time from the Orange County, California district attorney's office.
During my attempts to locate him, I found out that since the last time I had encountered him he had committed two felonies (worthless check in excess of $20,000 and grand theft over $20,000) in Florida, and had skipped the state of Florida to evade arrest and hidden out in Germany, where another fugitive recovery agent located him and brought about his arrest by Interpol. He was extradited to Florida, pled guilty to both charges, and agreed to serve 12 years probation in lieu of a prison sentence.
He immediately violated probation, and skipped to California, where he was arrested on contempt of court and failure to pay child support charges in a New Jersey case.
When he got out, he skipped California, and that is when the Orange County authorities called me. Apparently, they knew that I had found him once before, and they had heard he might be headed my way again.
I located Tanner in Chattanooga, TN working as a tennis clinic instructor, and notified the authorities, but he was tipped off again, and fled. I tracked him through several states where friends hid him out in their condos and resorts, and when I got too close for comfort he again hid out in Europe (England and Germany), until Interpol again came around looking for him. He left Europe and hid out in Knoxville, TN working at an exclusive club operated by friends.
Before long, I called the fugitive squad and he was arrested on both the California warrants, as well as on a Florida fugitive warrant for violation of probation there (he had not complied with the terms of his probation), and he received a two year prison sentence, and served one year (after getting credit for "good behavior"), and was extradited earlier this year back to California, where he received a 45 day sentence on the contempt and child support charges. (He owes hundreds of thousands of dollars.)
Now he is back on the street, and is telling friends he will be going to England to donate time teaching tennis clinics again instead of working. His friends pay him under the table in cash and hide him out from the law.
I am asking anyone who spots Roscoe Tanner outside the state of California to check with their local police dispatcher to see if he is a fugitive again, since that is what he has become every time he is released from prison or jail on his promise to pay the court ordered child support he owes. His full name is Leonard Roscoe Tanner, and he is a white male about age 53.
He has been a fugitive from New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, or California eight of the last nine years, and it will be no surprise if he flees again. Law enforcement does not have the time or the money or the skilled personnel necessary to track multi-millionaire fugitives with thousands of friends willing to hide him out in exchange for a few tennis lessons for a has-been. Therefore, it is necessary for honest, law-abiding citizens who care about the welfare of children of deadbeat dads assist the authorities in keeping tabs Runnin' Roscoe.