Deadbeat dads owe $416k

Erie County officials push for them to pay up
Andy Ouriel
Mar 16, 2013

Police, case workers and families want 12 deadbeat dads — seemingly depriving their children of food, clothing and other necessities — to finally pay up.

A dozen Erie County fathers collectively owe $416,000 in child support payments, according to Erie County Job and Family Services records the Register obtained through a public records request.

The request centered on who, either men or women, in Erie County owed the largest child support amounts.

“It’s concerning,” agency executive director Karen Balconi Ghezzi said of the amount owed. “These men are showing negligence.”

Get the ePaper of Saturday's Register at a newsstand near you for a breakdown of who owes what and which arrest warrants take top priority.



or watch a soap opera! its always a deadbeat story and theres always to side of the story. all these women want a check but don't care to let the fathers be involved all they care about is a little money or watching the father suffer. what a scam....


Let's spend money trying to get blood from a turnip, great IDEA! The cost of prosecution and incarceration are likely costing the citizens tons. This is how stupid it is...

It costs approximately $25,000 to house a prisoner for a year. Most of the deadbeats sentenced(low-income) will owe only around $40,000 for the whole lifetime of the child!!!These people are being put in prison for 2+ years sometimes that's $50,000+!!!

Not to mention costs of hiring the firms which represent child support and paying the judges to judge the cases. How can anyone justify spending $50,000+ to collect on a $40,000 debt? Seems like some type of government fraud to me.


Last figure I saw at work (ODRC) your figure is about $12,000 to $15,000 on the low side for a Min/Med security facility.


Richrs, I believe you, my number was just a approximation. Sadly the number is even higher in other states and we as citizens sit back and let it happen; the fleecing of America. Anyone know any good protests about police shooting vicious dogs I can attend? let me know.


I bet employers are falling over to hire "criminals" who were once pictured in the paper, thus a vicious cycle ensues. I wonder why the government is going broke? Thanks register! der der der

Mr. D

@samiam. . .post your sources for your stats. . . Bet they are not reliable


Bet they are. There are other stats that are even more scary.


Momma's baby, papa's maybe????!!!!!!!!


These people do nothing about it, thats why this amount is so high..No manpower to find out where the lowlifes work at or nothing..


Post their picture and names in public, to let people see these DEADBEATS~!

swiss cheese kat

Its nice to Sandtucky is full of hillbillys too.

Just Sayin IMHO

I am owed 28K... he has not seen one day of jail time... and he JUST went to court too... nothing changed. He was not given any kind of penalty. Our child is almost 18, he hasn't paid in 16 years...

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Deadbeat parents, because there are plenty of deadbeat moms too refuse to own up to their end of the bargain but still generally retain more rights in the eyes of the system than the custodial parent. The notion that enforcing child support is somehow not worth it because it is too expensive is simply absurd. Sounds like you would give deadbeat parents a free pass. Anyone who would deny their resposibilty to support their own child are one of the lowest forms of human species. Maybe force these idiots to go pick up litter and send their earning to their children would be a solution!


I divorced my husband and said....You take care of the kids on your time and I'll take care of the kids on my time. We split the cost of school related items, lunch money, athletics and medical bills. So it is stated in our divorce papers that no child support will be exchanged. If you have two parents that work together, communicate and understand that both are financially responsible for their children then this type of arrangment works great!! Get rid of the scorn!! It's in the best interest of your child.


Absolutely right! That is awesome and what a great example you are setting for your kid's BEST INTERESTS! If more people did that, what income would the state, courts and lawyers have? They don't make money unless there is discourse, alienation and division of the family! So who has your children's best interest in mind? Not the courts!


I have one child that I pay support on. I have been out of work since May of 2012 and recently found a job. As soon as I informed CSEA about my new employer, they hit me with a contempt of court hearing and want me to spend thirty days in jail. Tell me how this makes sense.... I now have a job which has been deducting my support for a month now and they want to jail me so that I lose this job and get put back into the world of the unemployed..... Even my ex wife has told them to back off yet they continue this. She has never spent one dime of the support - it goes into a college fund that we can both see. I understand that support is needed - but they seem to spend a lot of time chasing and threatening the people that are actually trying......


It sounds like you and your ex get along. Override the bureau of support and get a lawyer to file a motion and get a judgement entry filed with the agreement you and your wife make!


They threatened to put my ex in jail. I went to the hearing at the CSEA and asked them to suspend the child support order until he found another job. Once he found a new job I started it back up. The lawyer for the CSEA said to the magistrate...."she can't do that"....The magistrate said...."yes she can, it's her money." If you get along you can work together. It's quite simple and without stress. It's in the best interest of your children.


That would have been a handy piece of information to have six months ago.... The problem I am dealing with now is the threat of jail over my head and losing the job that I now have. I just don't understand why they are so insistent on a jail sentence when my employer is taking support out of my check.


They want their cut of the support money. They have to justify all the people employed at the office. Parents should certainly pay but we all know what happens when government becomes involved. Fairness and common sense are lost.