Ft. Hood Veteran told he owes Germany money

Posted at 6:29 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 19:58:12-04

A former Fort Hood veteran who was mistakenly sent a bill for $28,000 in unpaid child support said he's now being told he needs to pay money to a different country. 

Darrin Pendleton Pendleton was informed on Monday by the Attorney General's Office that there was a glitch in the computer system and he does not owe the $28,000. However, the office received pay records from Germany and informed Pendleton that he owes Germany money for unpaid child support.

This all started last month when Pendleton received several letters from the Texas Attorney General's Office saying he owes money for child support. The most recent bill claimed he owed $28,000.

Pendleton said a court ordered him to make child support payments in 2002 while he was stationed at Fort Hood after learning he had a child in Germany.

The payments were coming out of his military pay. Pendleton said his obligation to pay child support stopped in February of 2015 and there's no way he owes that much money in child support.

The Attorney General's Office told News Channel 25 that their office will be sending a rebuttal to Germany on behalf of Mr. Pendleton to explain why he owes the additional $3,700. Officials said it could be because of the exchange rate between U.S. Dollars and the Euro when Pendleton sent child support payments.

Pendleton said money will still be garnished from his retirement in order to pay for the $3,700.

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