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"By evading our efforts to collect the support their children so rightly deserve, these parents put their children's well-being at risk and cost taxpayers support of their families and the cost of our collection efforts," said Johnson. "We know that children whose parents pay support rely less on state services, are less likely to live in poverty or be involved with the child welfare system and are more likely to stay in school longer and attend college."
On average the "Most Wanted" owe nearly $52,458 each, although the top two offenders each owe more than $125,000. Topping the list again this year is Richard C. Miller, a 51-year-old electrician last known to live in Chesterton,Indiana, who has not paid $128,220.55 in court-ordered child support for his five children. Another repeat offender fromlast year's "Most Wanted" list is Santos Alberto Borrego, a 51-year-old last living in Lake Worth, Florida, who owes $125,648.62 for his one child. Borrego has the second highest amount owed again this year.
Following these two is a group of three men who each owe about $75,000. Loy R. Bradbury, a 40-year-old construction worker last living in Cummings, Georgia, owes $77.102.14 for his one child. Jerald Ray Douglas, a 44-year-old salesman from New Orleans, owes $75,277.95 for his one child. George B. Kitchura, a 53-year-old last known to be living in Shreveport and working at Hollywood Casino, owes $73,649.13 for his two children.
All of the "Most Wanted" making the list are ranked by amount owed*:
- $128,220.55 - Richard C. Miller, 51 years old, last known living in Chesterton, IN
- $125,648.62 - Santos Alberto Borrego, 51 years old, last known living in Lake Worth, FL
- $77,102.14 - Loy R. Bradbury, 40 years old, last known living in Cummings, GA
- $75,277.95 - Jerald Roy Douglas, 44 years old, last known living in New Orleans
- $73,649.13 - George B. Kitchura, 53 years old, last known living in Shreveport
- $66,535.88 - Dwayne Ballard, 42 years old, last known living in Port Wentworth, GA
- $66,382 - Louis Kipling Summers, 36 years old, last known living in Denham Springs
- $49,606.68 - Richard Williams Prine, 55 years old, last known living in Baton Rouge
- $46,515.22 - Travis T. Moore, 46 years old, last known living in Minden
- $37,212.29 - James R. Brown, 53 years old, last known living in Murfreesboro, TN
- $36,761.14 - Gerald Joseph Clausen, 39 years old, last known living in Hammond
- $35,425 - Terence M. Daniels, Sr., 46 years old, last known living in Amite
- $27,909 - Hernes Lizardo Aparicio, 37 years old, last known living in Denham Springs
- $27,055.22 - Walton J. Barnes, III, 44 years old, last known living in Baton Rouge
- $20,192 - Reginald Lamont Williams, 33 years old, last known living in Tucson, AZ
- $18,518.77 - Bobby Leak Fincher, 48 years old, last known living in Houston, TX
- $16,134.55 - William Edward Husser, Jr., 40 years old, last known living in Mandeville
- $16,110.49 - Anthony Keith Alex, 43 years old, last known living in Natchitoches
Monday DCFS released a feature on its website that allows the public to easily search a database of non-custodial parents who owe child support. Users can search by first or last name, city, amount owed and parish where the court order was established. Since the launch, the search feature has had 20,000 visits.
"The 'Most Wanted' poster and DCFS' new online Child Support Delinquent Payor Search bring attention to parents who are not fulfilling their obligations to their children, which is an important reminder at this time of year as we observed Child Support Awareness Month in August," said Johnson.
Total collections by DCFS Child Support Enforcement for the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) as of July 31, 2011, amount to $320,921,460 in current collections and arrears (past due child support).
Failure to pay court-ordered child support can result in liens against the non-payor's property, seizure of assets, suspension of drivers, business, professional, hunting or fishing licenses, interception of state and federal tax returns, passport denial and contempt of court charges, among other enforcement actions.
DCFS received a federal performance award in the amount of $7.4 million this year for collecting more than $354 million in child support in FFY 2009. In FFY 2010, DCFS set a record for the third year in a row with more than $365 million in collections, bucking a national trend of decreased collections seen across the nation according to the Government Accounting Office.
Before FFY 2011 ends on September 30, DCFS hopes to set another collections record for the current fiscal year. DCFS is on track to do that with nearly $5.5 million dollars collected in payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to 9,400 people who owed child support and a new pilot program to collect casino winnings. The casino program is the result of legislation by former Senator Nick Gatreaux introduced and passed during the 2010 Legislative Session requiring casinos to cross-reference winners of more than $1,200 with a database of individuals owing past due child support debt.
Any member of the public who has information on the whereabouts of any person on DCFS' "Most Wanted" poster should notify authorities or call 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) and choose Child Support (option 1) and then option 5.
The "Most Wanted" poster will be distributed to DCFS and other government offices around the state. To view or download the poster, visit www.dcfs.la.gov/MostWanted. Search the full database for all Louisiana delinquent child support payors at www.dcfs.la.gov/delinquent.
*As of June 29, 2011, amounts may differ from the poster as some past due amounts may have been partially paid by the non-custodial delinquent parent, while additional amounts may have been added to others since the publication of the poster.