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Sheriff Deputy's Blog Helps Catch Deadbeat Parents

Posted August 15, 2007

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— To date, more than 260,000 non-custodial parents have skirted their financial obligations to their children, resulting in about $1.1 billion in back payments in North Carolina.

Now, Lee County Sheriff Deputy T.C. Yarborough is leveraging the Internet to help catch deadbeat parents in his county.

"I have caught a lot of people that way," Yarborough said.

Since launching his "Find Deadbeats" blog in January, Yarborough says he has captured 50 people featured on the site – some who have called him, asking how to have their picture removed.

The sole child support enforcement officer in Lee County, Yarborough looked to the Web when his workload reached more than 100 cases.

He uploaded pictures of his hardest-to-find deadbeats, their most recent address and the money they owed their children – some as high as $20,000.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, there are about 409,000 cases of delinquent child support payments. Last year, social services collected $631 million in payments, and in 2005, it collected $597 million.

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  • rpdwife05 Aug 16, 4:20 p.m.

    Wake County should do this. Matter fact, I volunteer to make up the website to post all the sorry parents pictures and info who owe back child support. Why don't we take it a little further and have a website like Maricopa County, AZ and post all criminals pictures on the web, that way.. people know.

  • pwilliamson53 Aug 16, 2:40 p.m.

    I think this is a positive ideal. So many parents have a hard time trying to support their children without help. Post their pictures daily and show the state who are deadbeat parents. Collect the money for these children. They help bring them into this world, help support them if you aren't going to be apart of their lives... Stand up and support your children.

  • beachy99 Aug 16, 1:02 p.m.

    Deputy Yarborough has had several responses from the story that aired yesterday & this morning!!! One Absent parent wanted to know how to get his picture off that website!!!! Also got calls with several leads on absent parent's he's looking for!! Thanks WRAL for airing this story. Maybe this should become a weekly feature. It could help thousands of children in NC & taxpayers. If Deadbeat Parents financially supported their children as they should, public assistance would go down!

  • whatusay Aug 16, 12:49 p.m.

    This is the first I have heard of this and I think it is a great idea and needs more public support. WRAL and the other TV news stations should display the deadbeat photo's on the nightly news so these people get even more exposure. If they have moved to another state and their address is known the locals TV stations in that area should do the same...

  • Lakeisha Aug 16, 12:02 p.m.

    CON'T, I LIVE IN JOHNSTON COUNTY AND HE LIVES IN ROBESON AND I TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN BUT AS BEFORE NOTHING EVER DOES TO THE HARD WORKING ONES WHO TRY TO TAKE CARE OF THERE OWN. I DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT AND I HAVE FOUND MY TRUE HAPPINESS WITH MY FAMILY WHO HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY SUPPORT.

  • Lakeisha Aug 16, 11:59 a.m.

    I AGREE WITH ALL THE POSITIVE POSTS, AND HOPE IT IS USED AS A STATEWIDE TOOL FOR DEADBEAT PARENTS. MY SITUATION WAS WITH A LOSER AND NOW MY KIDS HAVE A GREAT MAN WHO WANTED THE DEADBEATS JOB AND I AM HAPPY AND MY BOYS ARE HAPPY AS WELL. IT HURTS HOW THE DEADBEAT DID ME BUT LIFE GOES ON AND I LEARNED FROM THAT...

  • beachy99 Aug 16, 8:03 a.m.

    MAX....You can have your driver's license revoked if you don't pay child support as ordered. You can also have your vehicle registration blocked. Child Support can revoke professional licenses, wildlife licenses and deny passport requests. Your tax refunds can also be intercepted to pay past due child support. Check out http://www.ncchildsupport.com/

  • ncborn1967 Aug 16, 8:02 a.m.

    I agree with the rest of the posts! This is a great idea!

  • momotwins Aug 16, 4:50 a.m.

    This is awesome! I would love to see more men like Yarborough taking a personal stand and creating sites like this all over the country.

  • FragmentFour Aug 16, 12:07 a.m.

    This is great!

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