Top 14 deadbeat parents wanted by state
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Children and Family services put out their latest list of deadbeat parents that owe more than 437,000 dollars in court-ordered child-support payments.
The most wanted list includes Angela Chapman in Livingston parish from the town of Holden.
The department's website has a list of more than 25,000 people who owe more than ten thousand dollars.
There are even people who owe more than half a million dollars individual.
More than 58,000 individuals owe more than 1.5 billion dollars in child support but state officials say their biggest concern are the parents that they are unable to locate which is why they created this "most wanted list."
"That's why the state is asking anyone who recognizes one of these deadbeat parents to contact DCFS," said Lindsey deBlieux, spokesperson for the Dept. Of Children and Family Services. "They continue to avoid us maybe there getting paid under the table... maybe they've left the state you know they are just working really really hard to stay under the radar."
State officials say individuals could face revoked licenses, liens on their properties, court and other charges. However, family court Judge Pamela Baker says she would like to see more child support cases handled in court.
"The problem is if they don't have a job and they don't ever get a job we can keep putting them in jail and that's not going to get any of the money into the homes to help the children," said Family Court Judge Pamela Baker. "Parents that are more involved in their children's life are more likely to pay child support."