Investigator helps track down deadbeat parents

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

FRANKLIN, Ind. Efforts to track down parents who are behind on their child support are paying off in Johnson County.

Prosecutor Brad Cooper has hired a former sheriff's deputy to find those in arrears. Investigator Troy DeHart has helped police find and arrest 33 people since April.

The Daily Journal reports ( ) the money from bonds the parents pay to get out of jail goes directly toward child support.

Deputy Prosecutor Lori Prince says Johnson County parents owe more than $18.2 million in child support. The average overdue balance per parent is more than $4,500.

Prince says the prosecutor's office also is checking up on parents to make sure they are paying on time.

At the end of June, the prosecutor's office had collected about $3.6 million in back child support.

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