A New York man once dubbed by prosecutors as the government’s most wanted deadbeat parent pleaded guilty Thursday to owing more than $1.2 million to three children from two failed marriages…

Sand told the judge he fled first to Florida and then to Thailand. Sand’s attorney, Glenn Obedin, said his client had grown tired of living on the run and contacted authorities late last year.

Sand left Thailand, where he had worked in an assortment of odd jobs, and flew to the Philippines. He was arrested and then deported from the Philippines in November 2012 because he lacked proper identification, prosecutors said. He was sent to Los Angeles, where he was arrested by federal marshals, and then extradited to New York, where he has been held without bail since December.