Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive


Monday, June 26, 2000

CORNYN ANNOUNCES TRAVIS COUNTY "DEADBEAT PARENT" ROUNDUP

21 Deadbeats arrested for $240,000 in delinquent child support

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced the Travis County Deadbeat Roundup of parents found to be in violation of a court order requiring the payment of child support. As of noon on Monday, June 26, 21 deadbeat parents had been arrested for $240,819.70 in delinquent child support payments.

"Travis County parents who owe child support should call the Child Support Division at 514-7000 to make payment arrangements or get ready to spend time in jail," said Attorney General Cornyn.

Travis County Precinct 5 Constable Bruce Elfant began the roundup this morning by dispatching teams of deputies to arrest delinquent parents. Special Enforcement Operations Investigators from the Attorney General's office supported the Constable's office in the roundup. The roundup will continue for the rest of the week.

Once arrested, the deadbeat parents will be required to pay a bond set by a judge or remain in county jail up to six months. All bond paid by the delinquent parent is sent to the custodial parent to support the children involved.

Parents with questions about child support cases or information about delinquent parents can call the Office of the Attorney General at (512) 514-7000 or visit the Attorney General's website, www.oag.state.tx.us, to obtain updated individual case information on the secure website.

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Contact Mark Heckmann, Heather Browne, or Tom Kelley at (512) 463-2050