Social media is helping parents bust deadbeat fathers who avoid paying child support for their kids.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office says it uses Facebook posts to determine whether fathers really don’t have the money to support their kids or if they just don’t want to pay.
John Rau has paid just $189 in child support for his 3-year-old son Casey, who suffers from leukemia. Rau has spent 14 cents a day on his son since he was born three and half years ago and that was just to keep himself out of jail, Casey’s mother, Jennifer Cvikel, told WITI-TV.
Rau allegedly bragged on Facebook about how much money he takes home from work. He’s now facing felony charges for failing to pay child support.
Since his diagnosis, Casey has undergone spinal taps, chemotherapy and dozens of hospital stays. He had to relearn how to walk through physical therapy.
“It’s a nightmare, I mean, your world just crashes right in front of you and you don’t even have a chance to react to it,” Cvikel said. “They just started taking him and this and that and more testing and then we were stuck in the hospital for weeks.”
“Social media has made a pretty big difference in our cases because it is a pretty good tool in determining who has resources and who doesn’t,” assistant district attorney Maureen Atwell said.
John McCroy paid his $100 per month child payment only one time, WGNTV reports. But his Facebook posts showed him flashing wads of cash.
“I feel like if he could be out here being flashy that he can take care of our child,” the mother of one of his children, Canience Haynes, told WITI-TV.
Another father, Theoris Stewart, allegedly bought a music studio instead of paying child support.
McCroy and Stewart are now facing charges.
“I really think that it is not that they are too stupid to realize that this is evidence," Atwell said. "I think they think nobody cares."
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