After Havre de Grace resident Jack Lyons sent a check to Harford County for $63,000 in child support last month, he said he was stunned to read a press release from the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office stating that he sold his house to prevent his Harley from being taken.
“That’s all a bunch of BS,” Lyons said of the idea that he sold the house to keep his bike. “I wasn’t selling the house to keep my Harley. My son’s coming first.”
Lyons said he inherited the house he recently sold on Alliance Street after his father died last year. The house went to settlement on Nov. 20, according to Lyons.
The property was valued at more than $150,000, so when county officials came to repossess his motorcycle before the closing on the house, Lyons alerted them that the money would be available after the settlement.
He said he never spoke to anyone from the state's attorney's office.
“They can talk about me all they want but I tell you what, I’m a damn good man. I’ve done the best I could,” Lyons said.
“I took care of my dying father; he died in the living room of his house, the house that was left to me. I took care of my handicapped sister,” he continued. “I tried to do the best I could.”
The $63,000 in child support that Harford County collected last month had accumulated over a period of time neither the state’s attorney’s office nor Lyons could pin down. Lyons said automatic payments stopped after someone hit him while he was riding his Harley in 2007, which left him partially disabled.
“I don’t know how they came up with that figure [$63,000]. Back when I had a job, before that hit-and-run in Aberdeen…they always took money out of my check for the child,” said Lyons, whose career in heating and air conditioning came to a halt after the crash.
Lyons said he thought the state may have become interested in him after his father passed away in October 2011.
“None of that child support was brought up for years because I always gave her cash money,” Lyons said of money he gave to his son's mother. “That was a mistake on my part," he added, because he could not prove later that he had paid any of it.
The state’s attorney’s office said that Lyons had “multiple bank accounts, real estate and vehicles titled in his name," according to a press release.
Lyons said that his father had a vehicle that was left to him, in addition to the house and his bank account.
"There are a few things I want to say but I know you can't [publish] them," Lyons said, when asked what he wanted people to know to set the record straight.