Casinos collect $800,000 in child support

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Three Baton Rouge casinos have helped the Department of Children and Family Services collect more than $170,000 from deadbeat parents.

Since the beginning of the program in 2011, the Belle of Baton Rouge collected has $46,397.61, Hollywood Casino has collected $106,771.93, and L'Auberge Baton Rouge has collected $20,454.57.

18 Louisiana casinos participate in the program to collect child support from casino winnings of more than $1,200.  Statewide, more than $800,000 has been collected.

"In our work to assist families who rely on court ordered child support to provide for their children, DCFS uses every avenue available, like casino intercepts, to collect the more than $1.2 billion owed by non-custodial parents statewide," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier.

Six other states have similar programs.

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved.