Most wanted deadbeats list released
BATON ROUGE - Men who owe more than $800,000 in child support are now listed on the Dept. of Children and Family Services' "Most Wanted" list.
"These are the most egregious cases certainly," said Lisa Andry, with Department of Children and Family Services. "We've done all we can to try to collect support without success."
DCFS, working with local law enforcement, hasn't been able to locate any of the men.
"We have outstanding warrants," Andry said. "Us and law enforcement have been looking for parents. We do need help from the public."
That's where the wanted list comes in. The state is asking anyone who recognizes one of the deadbeats to contact DCFS.
"There's $1.3 billion owed on cases where DCFS support is provided," Andry said.
Many of those families now must seek support from the state.
"Children who do not get support are more likely to need public services," Andry said. "(Like) SNAP, Medicaid and other public services."
Collections rates have gone up recently. DCFS said they've collected almost half a billion dollars this year from people who were behind on child support.
For more information on the list, visit the DCFS Most Wanted website.