La. to seize gambling winnings for child support
BATON ROUGE - Parents who are behind on child support in Louisiana can have their casino winnings in the state confiscated starting May 20.
Louisiana's top gambling panel, the Gaming Control Board, agreed Thursday without discussion and without objection to the final rules and regulations for seizing the money.
Confiscations will begin next month, under a law approved last year that lets the state intercept cash winnings of at least $1,200 - an amount that requires reporting on tax forms. The gambling board needed to enact the rules before the law could take effect.
Previously, slot machine annuity payments were the only gambling proceeds that could be seized.
The Department of Children and Family Services is creating a database for casinos to check for whether a winner owes back child support in Louisiana. Several other states have similar systems.
Before paying winners, casinos will see if their names are in the database. If one is tagged, the casino will confiscate the amount owed and an administrative fee of up to a $35. Any money over those amounts will be paid to the gambler, according to the regulations.
Each casino will submit a monthly report detailing the number of searches in the database, the number of matches found, the amount of jackpot winnings seized and the total administrative fees charged.
Thousands of children around Louisiana are owed more than $1 billion in child support.