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Prosecutors Go After Deadbeat Drivers, Hunting Licenses

Last updated on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

(UNDATED) - Prosecutors in eight Indiana counties will try to boost child-support collections by going after deadbeats’ driving, hunting and fishing licenses.

The state will send warning letters this week to about 4,000 residents of the state's four largest counties, plus Vanderburgh, Tippecanoe, Monroe and Kosciusko counties. The targets are all non-custodial parents who are at least a year and $25,000 dollars behind on child support.

Files on parents who don't pay up by mid-December will be passed along to prosecutors to make a final call on yanking licenses.

Governor Mitch Daniels says similar programs in Maine, Washington and Mississippi have resulted in 24,000 licenses suspensions and collection of $179-million dollars, for an average return of 76-hundred dollars.

Prosecutors predict targeting hunting and fishing licenses will hit some deadbeats where it hurts, and push them to act in a way monetary threats alone can't.

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