State-Seized Casino Winnings From Deadbeat Dads Goes Over $1 Million Mark

Posted Thursday, August 29th 2013 @ 2pm

A state law that allows state government to grab casino winnings from parents behind on their child support has surpassed the $1 million mark.

The Advocate reports the state Department of Children and Family Services announced Thursday that it has collected $1.2 million from 969 noncustodial parents at casinos across Louisiana. The biggest single interception was over $23,000 from the Amelia Belle near Morgan City last year.

The collections make a small dent in the more than $1.3 billion that is owed by noncustodial parents.

A 2010 state law sponsored by then-state Sen. Nick Gautreaux, of Meaux, allowed those behind on their child support payments to be stripped of their casino winnings.

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