By Carson Gerber
Tribune staff writer
Miami County prosecutors have collected nearly $50,000 in unpaid child support from a Miami County man who fathered more than five children with four different woman.
Officials said it’s the largest single collection of back support ever reported in the county.
After sifting through the man’s tax records, prosecutor’s discovered he inherited more than $50,000 from an estate in California. Prosecutor’s placed a lien on the money over a year ago.
This week the man’s bank in California released the money, which will be distributed to the four custodial parents and their children.
Prosecutors did not release the name of the man, who they said has been in an Indiana prison since 2004 for dealing cocaine.
“The families are all very excited,” said Prosecutor Bruce Embrey. “It’s always nice to have some extra money before Christmas.”
He said the mothers were owed respectively $3,121, $7,544, $11,180 and $27,493. Records indicate he hadn’t made a child support payment since at least 2007, Embrey said.
Approximately $14,500 will also be paid to the state, which allocated money to the families through the Indiana Family and Social Service Agency.
The $50,000 collection is only a sliver of the overall amount owed in unpaid child support in the county, however. Embrey said 377 parents owe in total $8.45 million in back support, and one parent alone owes $114,000.
“At least we can take one of those names of our list now,” he said.
Embrey said the prosecutor’s office frequently uses tax returns to locate missing non-custodial parents and garner child support payments from tax refunds. He said the office can also take money from state lottery winnings to pay child support.
Carson Gerber is a Kokomo Tribune reporter. He can be reached by phone at 765-854-6739, or by email at email@example.com.