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Casino intercept program nets $806,000 in child support arrears

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BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -

The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services is reporting that the department has intercepted more than $806,000 in casino winnings from 599 "non-custodial parents" for child support arrears.

State officials laid out the collections in a Tuesday news release.

Officials said that the department works with custodial and non-custodial parents to ensure that both parents fulfill their obligations to provide financial, medical and emotional support to their children.

"The casino intercept initiative has been a very successful tool for us in collecting overdue support," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier.

Collections from the 18 participating casinos in the program, according to the department, are:

Casino Name

Total Collections

Amelia Belle

$46,775.91

Belle of Baton Rouge

$46,397.61

Boomtown Bell

$73,401.40

Boomtown Bossier

$30,863.54

Delta Downs

$24,540.21

Diamond Jacks

$41,691.35

Eldorado

$42,554.58

Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino

$85,403.55

Fair Grounds Race Course

$19,119.37

Harrah's New Orleans

$53,422.03

Hollywood

$106,771.93

Horseshoe

$21,329.04

Isle of Capri Lake Charles

$37,761.22

L'auberge Baton Rouge

$20,454.57

L'auberge du Lac

$41,294.08

Louisiana Downs

$12,218.87

Sam's Town

$48,636.77

Treasure Chest

$53,446.43

Officials said a pilot program was launched in September 2011 at Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge.

The first intercept was reportedly made only two days later from a non-custodial father in the amount of $1,995.40.

"In our work to assist families who rely on court ordered child support to provide for their children, DCFS uses every avenue available, like casino intercepts, to collect the more than $1.2 billion owed by non-custodial parents statewide," Sonnier said.

Former state Senator Nick Gautreaux introduced the legislation in the 2010 session to collect child support from winnings of more than $1,200 at Louisiana casinos.

Other states with similar laws include Mississippi, Indiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado and West Virginia.

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