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Deadbeat parents paying up with casino winnings

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Posted: Sep 15, 2011 4:36 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Sep 15, 2011 6:22 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: child, support, deadbeat, parents, louisiana, children, family, services

BATON ROUGE - Just one week into a pilot program to collect unpaid child support, some families are getting the money they're owed.

Louisiana Child and Family Services started a program in conjunction with casinos.

Due to tax purposes gamblers that win over $1,200 are subject to forfeiting their information. Cashiers then run that through a database to see if they owe child support. If they do, the winnings are seized and returned.

Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge was the first of many casinos on board. Last week cashiers took $2,000 from one man and $500 from another.

There's currently a $1.2 billion backlog in unpaid child support, but the state thinks this program will hack away at the pot.

"When we have all of the casino's on line we really think this will have a huge impact on the families of our state," Trey Williams, DCFS said.

Next month all of the Baton Rouge casinos will be collecting, and the rest of the state will follow suit in a few months.

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