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Sheriff Deputy's Blog Helps Catch Deadbeat Parents

Posted August 15, 2007 6:00 p.m. EDT
Updated August 15, 2007 7:04 p.m. EDT

— 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.