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?


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Corrupt System...
by: Anonymous

I have an ex wife whom has custody of my son as well as custody of her daughter(no relation to me). Well she received Food stamps for her and the two children and Medicaid for herself and the two kids. Well for over 2 years I paid my child support and she got her government assistance and both children were living with their grandmother. Well none of the food stamps went to their grandmother to help her buy the kids food, the child support did not go to either child (Me and the father of her daughter pay support). She claimed she could not work at McDonald's and go to school and drive home every night with the kids. Mind you she only lived 30 minutes from her moms home... I have reported her for fraud because she filled out false information of her residence and where the kids lived to get all this help. I tried having the child support moved to the kids grandmother, but was told by the County Dept. of Social Services that it cannot go to someone without custody. Well I had no choice but to take her to court I had the judge stop the child support because it was not going to my kids, but still to this day she has not been charged for fraud when it was found out in the facts of my case when both my ex wife and ex mother in law lied on the stand and claimed they both lived under the same roof with the kids... I hate the County for not pursuing her for fraud... over 2 years worth! Time for them to do something now!

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Really?
by: Anonymous

I hate to break it to you dude, but from my own experience, women get thrown in jail, too. I was in a shelter trying to find a job and a place to live and got behind 2 months and was thrown in jail. My ex makes over $100,000.00 a year and since I was a stay at home mom for over 7 years living with his sister (that was his idea of child support) with no skills no one wanted to hire me. Got behind 2 months, he hired a fancy lawyer out of revenge to put me in my place for trying to get support from him. He got away with not paying support for a long time, I went to try to get support, not only did he take custody over it, but he also hired a fancy lawyer who put me in jail for getting behind 2 months. He didn't hire a lawyer from the state, he hired one out of his own pocket. So in my case, it wasn't about men vs. women, it was about him having a six figure income to hire a decent lawyer, while I was in a shelter begging people to hire me and only able to get one of those shitty court appointed ones.

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Dad Influenced by evil gf
by: Anonymous

My childs father and his girlfriend claim my daughter for food assistance. When i became unemployed i could not get assistance for her because they were claiming her. He doesnt pay his child support and i have full custody! They have 2 incomes and live in a home that the mortgage has been paid off! How is this ok! I need to feed my daughter! The dhs worker told me that HE had to remove her from his claim, of course he wont. I never asked for child support until his greedy gf talked him into trying to get custody because I am a nurse and made more $ then them. Now the court gave me full physical custody and child support.

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A partial explanation
by: Anonymous

Because your children visit on occasional weekends AND there is low income for the household, your ex-husband can include your children in his food stamp case. The rationale is that he would not be able to feed them while they visit his home without food stamp assistance. The Medicaid situation is different and you would need to contact the Office of Inspector General in your state to file a fraud claim. But where I live, Medicaid is the secondary payor to private health insurance. So, you shouldn't have any co-pays from doctors, pharmacies, or hospitals should your children need medical treatment or medication if the child's Medicaid number is on file. I'd ask for a copy of the Medicaid cards to help defray the costs of medical expenses on the children OR report him to the Inspector General for Medicaid fraud. There is also a statute in USDA food stamp rules that says that anyone who is ordered to pay child support is not eligible for food stamps if they are not paying support. You might be able to nail him that way.

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FRAUD
by: Anonymous

My husband and I work for a living. There is no reason why people try to cheat the system! We are military and we work our A** off. That means sometimes being away from our kids. It's not right for people to be claiming kids for food stamps or any other state services if those children do not live with them, and does not support them. It doesn't matter how much someone makes. If you have a kid, you have the responsibility to pay child support. If you don't you are a dead beat and you do not deserve to see those kids. Just because the parent who has the kids makes a decent living doesn't mean the other parent doesn't need to pay child support!!! The parent with the kids made a life for her family, not there fault the other parent is a looser. People who cheat the sysem have NO MORALS, INTEGERITY, and EXPECT TO LIVE OFF OF ANYTHING THEY CAN!!! TO ME THEY DO NOT NEED TO SEE THERE CHILDREN CAUSE THEY ARE NOT TEACHING THEM ANYTHING GOOD!!!! IT IS FRAUD AND THEY NEED TO GO TO JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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All about the money, not the wellfare of the kids.
by: Anonymous

How easy is for some people to receive child support money while they dont do nothing for them at home. most of men pay their child support, that by the way is caculated wrong, cause the take your gross income, money THAT you do even see, to adjust the child support, instead of calculating it from the actual amount of money that you received. but of course thay arent going to doint because the first choice doesn't affect the goverments money.is also unffair that while you are paying thousand and thousand of dollars on child support, you can not even get a credit towards your taxes, but the other parent can. and finally who makes sure that that money is actually helping your kids? seen with my own eyes how the money that was given was used for everything but my kids, how was missused in buying personal items or waste on nights out while my kids needed so much stuff.

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Hi
by: Anonymous

The exact same thing has happened to me. However, because the kids social security numbers were used to receive food stamps and the state knows that they should be receiving support from their dad; it raised a red flag. So now he has to go before the judge in December. I appreciate that so many people pay their child support but if someone decides that they're not going to pay, it seems there is nothing on this Earth that's going to make them.

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Same Problem
by: Anonymous

NCP is $22K in arrears, see children at her convience-rarely, was claiming children on food stamps until we applied. They put the kids on our case and removed them from hers.
Quit 4 jobs; each time when the AG garnished her checks. Obviously refusing to pay child support. Still she walks around free with no responsibility or held accountable to her children.

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good luck
by: Anonymous

Good luck. Been through same thing for years with dead beat mom. Judge Ramos of the 308th has threatened her with jail any number of times but he never follows through. Even told her if she doesn't have money to pay to just tell me she can't pay and it's taken care of. No justice for kids at all.

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justice not so sweet
by: Anonymous

well just because the father is not custodial parentdiesnot mean he cannot claim them for government assistance. Also the father does not needto be up to date on his childsupport to get government assistance. The only thing you can do is take him back to get to have a judge freeze any and all bankaccounts he opens to get your money. Remember chikd custody and support is a lawsuit nothing more

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Greedy...
by: Anonymous

You say your kids are well taken care of, so why would you need more money? For your fancy purses and shoes? Or your new ipad? It seems your ex baby daddy needs more assistant than you, yet your willing to get revenge by getting rid of the help he needs more than you! This is why the system is so fucked up the comment above says it all. The dead-beat woman doesn't pay anything she received a bunch of pussy threats from a corrupt judge who shouldn't even be a judge if he isn't fair. She walks around freely not paying anything but I bet one million dollars if it was a man not paying he would be sent to jail asap. It makes me sick how women are so greedy they are willing to ruin a person's life for a few hundred buck they more than likely are going to spend on their own self! This system is so corrupt and biased against men and women can get away with anything. I hate how unfair it is but not matter what if your a man you have a disadvantage.

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