Sunday, November 9, 2003

Catching those who don't pay

Authorities in Greater Cincinnati and throughout the country have tried various ways to get parents to pay back child support. Among the approaches:

• Most wanted: Many law enforcement agencies, including the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, post a list of delinquent parents on Web sites and throughout public buildings. Many include photographs of the parents and how much they owe. In Hamilton County: Web site.

• Happy Father's Day: In Operation DADD - Deputies Against Deadbeat Dads - Kenton County sheriff's deputies went out on Father's Day 2001 and rounded up 18 parents, from as far away as Florida and Texas, who owed back support.

• Operation Grinch: In a December 2000 sting, Kenton County sheriff's deputies arrested nearly 90 scofflaws who thought they were being summoned to the sheriff's office to collect tax refunds. Instead, they spent the night in jail.

• Football tickets: Several years ago, authorities in Washington, D.C., offered nearly-impossible-to-get (and bogus) Redskins tickets to deadbeat parents. One hundred people were arrested.

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