Baton Rouge, La. - More than one million dollars has been collected from winnings at casinos across Louisiana to pay for back child support. The Casino Intercept Program, which was launched in September of 2011 has since collected $1.3 million from gamblers who owe child support money. The program is being administered by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
"DCFS officially hit the $1 million collection mark in March of this year," said DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier. "Reaching this amount in less than two years shows that the casino intercept program is an essential tool to ensure that non-custodial parents who owe child support meet their obligations of providing financial, medical and emotional support to their children."
Currently, all 19 state-licensed casinos in Louisiana participate in the casino intercept program. To date, Hollywood Casino has intercepted the most money of Louisiana's casinos - $147,831.68. The largest single collection to date came from the Amelia Belle in December 2012 in the amount of $23,298.42.
In the past two years, approximately $330,000 has been collected from the New Orleans area from casinos that include Harrah's, Boomtown, Treasure Chest and the Fair Grounds.
Former Senator Nick Gautreaux introduced the legislation in the 2010 session to collect owed child support from winnings of more than $1,200 at Louisiana casinos. Other states with similar laws include Mississippi, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado and West Virginia.
"With more than 1.3 billion owed by non-custodial parents, DCFS will continue to use every avenue and tool available to ensure that Louisiana's children are being provided for by their parents," said Sonnier.
Below is the list of money collected from various casinos across Louisiana.