Who's the deadbeat now?
A Dad can be
current with child support payments and still be labeled a
Jim Untershine, GZS of LB, 08-03-02
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson issued a statement explaining the recent roundup of "deadbeat dads":
"These parents have a demonstrated ability to meet their financial responsibilities to their children, but they have consistently refused to provide the support they owe"
Until the children are granted a legal right to their support, it can never be proved the children received it. Consumer fraud results from the failure of merchants to provide the goods and services to the customer that is purchased by the consumer. Paying child support to CSE who then pays the custodial parent (CP) does not guarantee the children will see a dime.
If a "deadbeat dad" were to pay the back child support of $100,000, how much of that money would the children receive?
In California it is presumed that a CP will spend a "significant portion" of available resources to support the children.
In the "100 acre woods" it is presumed that Rabbit will spend a "tiny smackeral" of available honey to support Winnie the Pooh.
Bill O'Reilly may invite Barbara Boxer and Winnie the Pooh to the "No Spin Zone" to discuss the salient points of contributions paid but not received by the intended recipients. I believe Mr. O'Reilly would agree with the following quotes:
"Get what you pay for, stop paying if you don't"
"Crime don't pay, people do"
It seems hard to believe that any of the states harboring these "deadbeats", would be powerless to impose the "iron fist" of Child Support Enforcement (CSE) that has been granted to them by federal mandate. The states have been granted the power to intercept income, deny licenses, and pillage property of these "deadbeat dads" from across counties, across states, and across oceans.
States fail to utilize these outrageous forms of bill collection because CSE is allowed to charge 10% interest on back child support owed. Bringing a "deadbeat dad" into court will only reduce the interest income for the state, which continues to grow at an alarming rate. It is potentially more profitable for states to use the federal mandate to actively prevent the "deadbeat dad" from making payments until the federal government is finally forced to put the "deadbeat" in jail.
The real "deadbeats" are the states who are paid to enforce the federal law, but have chosen to actively subvert it. The exploitation of children for money is not what the federal government had in mind when they instituted the last round of welfare reform. The state CSE that allowed the child support arrearage to reach $100,000 should be the first defendant in a federal criminal nonsupport charge.
The Department of Health and Human Services are recognized as the complainant in these federal criminal nonsupport charges facing these "deadbeat dads". A criminal charge that makes no mention of money but rather support denied to the children. The children are the actual complainant in this nonsupport charge, but the order of inheritance goes to the CP, state CSE, federal CSE, and then to the NCP. Until the states demand accountability of money paid for child support and money spent to support the children, every charge of criminal nonsupport should demure to prosecution. A Dad can be current with child support payments and still be labeled a "deadbeat".
Jim Untershine, 824 E Pass Rd #3, Gulfport, MS 39507, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gndzerosrv.com
Jim Untershine holds a BSEE from Mississippi State University and has 13 years experience in feedback control system design. Mr. Untershine is currently using the teachings of Werner Heisenberg and Henry David Thoreau to expose Family Law in California as the exploitation of children for money and the indentured servitude of heterosexual taxpayers who dare to raise children in this country.
Thu Aug 1, 2:05 PM ET
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former defensive end for the Oakland Raiders was among 61 people arrested in a nationwide sweep of parents who authorities said failed to pay child support.
James Harris, an NFL journeyman who played in 82 games from 1993-99, was arrested Wednesday in Chicago. Prosecutors said Harris owes $100,000 in child support for a son who lives in Pennsylvania.
The arrest was part of a roundup of child support defaulters by the Department of Health and Human Services. Investigators made arrests in 25 states as part of the sweep. Prosecutors said they are seeking an additional 41 suspects on charges that they skipped out on court-ordered payments to their children.
Collectively, the defendants owe around $5 million, authorities said. All were at least one year late in making payments and officials said many have not made a payment in several years.
The 34-year-old Harris, of East St. Louis, Ill., was a linebacker at Temple University before joining the NFL. He made $1.5 million in his pro career, which included stints with the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams, prosecutors said.
He was released on a $100,000 bond. His case will be tried in Philadelphia, prosecutors said.
Wed Jul 31,11:45 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Dozens of America's most wanted "deadbeat" parents, including a former pro football player, have been arrested this week in a nationwide crackdown on people who chronically default on child support payments, a federal official announced on Wednesday.
Teams of federal and state authorities rounded up 61 deadbeat parents in 25 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico and are pursing 41 others, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said.
"These parents have a demonstrated ability to meet their financial responsibilities to their children, but they have consistently refused to provide the support they owe," Thompson said in a statement.
Among those taken into custody were former professional football player James E. Harris, who finished his National Football League career with the Oakland Raiders in 1999, said Katherine Harris, an HHS spokeswoman.
The former football player earned more than $1 million in each of the two years he spent with the Raiders, the spokeswoman said. He currently owns a housing development corporation in Missouri and is $103,000 in arrears in child support payments, according to the Health and Human Services department.
Harris could not be reached for comment.
HHS said others arrested in the sweep include an Oklahoma sheet metal worker who has not made a child support payment in 16 years and now owes $297,000; a Florida pharmacist who owes $63,000 and a Texas car salesman who has crossed state lines and quit several jobs to avoid paying child support.
The 102 defaulters sought in the sweep collectively owe more than $5 million in child support, the statement said.
Thompson said they were among the most "egregious offenders" from cases referred by state agencies to federal authorities for investigation.
HHS spokeswoman Harris said the sweep for child support defaulters, which began on Monday, is the largest such effort since the federal agency launched a special enforcement program four years ago.
"It's a high priority for the department because it's a question of responsibility and what is right," Harris said of the need to crackdown on those who routinely miss child support payments. "Children suffer because of this," she said.