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:
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.