St. Charles Herald-Guide

‘Deadbeat dads’ sought with Most Wanted poster

By Jonathan Menard - November 22, 2013

The Department of Children and Family Services is using a “Most Wanted” poster to help track down men across the state who each owe at least $20,000 in child support.

One of the men, Dwayne Ballard, was last seen in Luling and owes $70,435.88 to his two children. Ballard and all of the other men on the list have not paid child support in at least six months.

While Ballard owes the fourth-highest amount in Louisiana, Richard C. Miller, who was last seen in Lake Ozark, Mo., has unpaid child support totaling $128,220.55. Miller has topped Louisiana’s “Most Wanted” list for four years.

In order to get the public’s attention about the issue, the department released a poster with the names of the 18 worst offenders in the state along with their photos, last known address and the number of children they have. Combined, the 18 men owe nearly $866,000.

“The parents included on the Most Wanted list are non-custodial parents who repeatedly evade our efforts to collect the child support owed to their children,” DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier said. “In previous years, this poster’s publication has elicited tips about the current locations of many of Louisiana’s delinquent payors and has in turn made them pay up.”

Any member of the public who has information on the whereabouts of any person on DCFS’ poster is encouraged to notify authorities or call 1-888-LAHELP-U (1-888-524-3578) and choose child support (option 1) and then option 5.

Although this “Most Wanted” poster represents the worst offenders, Louisiana’s unpaid child support to DCFS totals more than $1.3 billion. In October, there were more than 166,000 cases of unpaid child support in the state.

‘Deadbeat dads’ sought with Most Wanted poster