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Aug 1, 2011 6:32 PM by Jenise Fernandez

State Intercepting BP Disaster Claims from Parents Owing Child Support

The state is intercepting BP disaster payments from parents who owe child support.

The largest BP claim yet to be intercepted for child support: more than 33-thousand dollars from a father who's only made 8 support payments in the last nine years.

"I think they know they owe it and we finally caught up with them," said Lisa Andry the executive director of the Department of Family and Child Services.

Altogether, the Department of Family and Child Services, says more than 9,400 parents who requested BP claims aren't paying child support.
More than two-thousand of those applicants have been approved to receive a BP check, but their children will get it instead.

"People would be getting these big claims, it just fits into what we do. It was just one of those places where we saw the possibility of getting child support," said Andry.

Collectively, 2,009 deadbeat parents owe $5.5 million. Altogether, 9,458 parents owe $101 million. It's not known yet if the 7,000 plus people that have yet to be processed will even qualify for a BP check.
Andry says they expects to collect more money as claims applicants are processed.

"You really do need to pay your child support and we're going to do whatever it takes to collect that money," said Andry.

The state has a backlog of $1.2 billion in unpaid child support. They are also preparing to strip away casino winnings from anyone who owes child support. Anyone who wins more than $1,200 will be forced to give their winnings to their children if they owe them money.

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