Noncustodial Parent claiming children for Medicaid and Food Stamps.
by Becky Smith
(El Indio, Tx)
Over a year ago my children's father was fired from his decent paying job, also losing his health insurance for the children (and not looking for a new job). He works part-time under the table and has not paid a dime of child support, reimbursed a cent of any medical bills or what I am now paying to cover the children on my private health insurance plan. His wife has a low wage job and a few kids of her own to support and they apparently qualify for food stamps and medicaid and I am not sure what else. I found out he is claiming our children on these state provided services also. Our children receive food stamps (that he receives) in addition to Medicaid. He has standard visitation, not joint custody, but every other weekend visit that he uses at his convenience. My husband and I provide for the children and everything they need and in no way depend on their father. I've tried contacting the various government agencies and I even went down to the local welfare office and stood in line trying to get answers on how it is he is claiming children that do not live with him, that hes does not support, or claim on his taxes. Not only can I not find anyone to explain this to me, they can not provide me any information/details about case my children are being claimed on because I am not personally on it. The welfare office suggest that I file a fraud report which I have, several times and nothing gets done. Does ANYONE know how an able person can sit on their butt, owing thousands and thousands in child support get government subsidies and claim children he does not raise or support?