Members of multiple government agencies conducted a child support round up effort in Lafourche Parish Thursday and targeted parents who were behind on payments and made no attempts to pay child support.
Warrants were issued for 25 parents who collectively owed more than $775,000 in child support payments. Nine of those people were arrested, according to David Melacon of the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office.
“This operation had less to do with the amount owed, and more to do with the lack of effort to make payments,” District Attorney Kristine Russell said. “The majority of the men and women in Lafourche Parish pay their child support; in 2019, we collected over $10 million in child support payments. It is not our desire to put these individuals in jail for non-payment, but we must hold them responsible. We make every attempt to work with them to collect payments before making an arrest. Until we start investing in our children and our families, we will never see a change in our communities.”