Elkhart County making money from child support offenders

Elkhart County is cracking down on people who skip out on child support payments. And the county is reaping the benefits. The Elkhart County Prosecutor announced Thursday that Elkhart County had collected more than $22 million in outstanding child support payments last year.

The prosecutor thanked the staff at his office for their dedication, as well as the office's Child Support Investigator. The investigator was appointed by the prosecutor with full law enforcement powers. The individual in the position, Dave Floerchinger, put 222 offenders behind bars in 2012. The county collected $211,690 in bonds from these offenders.

"Every dollar that's brought in on a collection of child support is a dollar that is not being incurred through our welfare system--in other words, for the rest of us to pick up the tab for," said Curtis Hill, Elkhart County prosecutor.

Because the federal government allows the prosecutor's office to get up to 2/3 back for what they spend on finding offenders, for every dollar spent by the prosecutor's office to find an offender, the county received $57 back.

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