UPDATE: Snopes.com weighs in on the issue
Clifford Hall may have suffered an injustice (it’s not possible to make that determination without more information on the case, since news accounts have so far presented only his side of the story), but nothing in the limited information presented about this case so far — other than catchy headlines and sensationalized re-reporting of the original story — supports the interpretation that Clifford Hall was “sentenced for paying too much child support.”
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/childsupport.asp#DQepFs5MVJfa1B2w.99
Clifford Hall told the news station that he had no problem paying child support for his 11-year-old son.
“I’m his father; it’s my responsibility to take care of him,” Hall says. So he had the child-support payments set up to be taken from his check through his employer.
“I discovered for some reason his employer was withholding a large amount some weeks, a small amount some weeks, a zero amount some weeks,” says Hall’s attorney, Tyesha Elam.
At some point his child support was modified, and Hall claims that he was never notified. So Hall paid the almost $3,000 he owed in back child support. “I didn’t want to go to jail basically,” Hall says.