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Casino intercept program nets $806,000 in unpaid child support

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BATON ROUGE (KSLA) - The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has collected more than $806,000 in casino winnings from deadbeat parents who have not paid child support. Almost a quarter of that total, $197,294.15, came from casinos in Shreveport and Bossier City.

A total of 18 casinos in the state participate in the program, which was launched in September 2011.

DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says that DCFS works with custodial and non-custodial parents to ensure that both parents fulfill their obligations to provide financial, medical and emotional support to their children. She says the casino intercept initiative has been a very successful tool in collecting overdue support.

Former Sen. Nick Gautreaux introduced the legislation in the 2010 session to collect child support from winnings of more than $1,200 at Louisiana casinos. Other states with similar laws include Mississippi, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado and West Virginia.

A pilot program was launched in September 2011 at Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge. The first intercept was made just two days later from a non-custodial father in the amount of $1,995.40.

Failure to pay court-ordered child support can result in liens against the non-payer's property; seizure of assets; suspension of the driver's. business, professional, hunting or fishing licenses; interception of state and federal tax returns; passport denial and contempt of court charges, among other enforcement actions.

Any parent or person responsible for a child can receive services from DCFS' Child Support Enforcement program.

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