Deadbeat parents busted flaunting money and possessions on Facebook

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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. — (WITI) Moms and dads who couldn’t find a way to pay child support had no reservations about showcasing how they were spending their money according to an investigation by sister station WITI.  From nose jobs to cars to stacks of cash, WITI busted parents showing off on Facebook instead of taking care of their children financially.

Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Maureen Atwell says social media has helped her office separate the deadbeats from those who simply can’t afford to pay.

“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,” Atwell told WITI.

People that have resources like mom Melissa Jones, who skirted her financial obligations to her child to get a nose job, which she posted photos of to Facebook. There’s also dad John Rau, who had paid a total of $189 in three-and-a-half years in child support for his son Casey. Averaged out at 14 cents a day,  the money wasn’t enough to keep up with Casey’s medical bills.

He has Leukemia, which caused the youngster to suffer through chemotherapy and spinal taps.

“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,” Casey’s mom, Jennifer Cvikel, told WITI. “They just started taking him and this and that and more testing and then we were stuck in the hospital for weeks.”

While Casey was stuck in the hospital, Rau was posting pictures to Facebook of things like Green Bay Packers tickets and a new car. When confronted by WITI, Rau told investigator Meghan Dwyer that he didn’t know his son was sick until last Christmas and that he intends to start paying. Rau now faces felony charges for failing to pay child support.

Perhaps the most brazen parent that WITI found was John McCroy, who paid his $100 child support for his five-year-old girl one time, back in 2010. Since then he’s been selling mixtapes and posting selfies on Facebook and Instagram with stacks of cash. When WITI found him and asked questions, he first said he was ineligible to pay support because he died in a car accident…

He later admitted to not paying for support in five years and blamed a paperwork error.

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8 comments

  • MAD

    same goes for mothers who use hard working fathers child support money for things other than things for the kid or bills, my husband and I buy all school clothes, school supplies and any other need for his kids plus pay out the a$$ in child support and required medical insurance and any uncovered medical bills all while their mother doesn’t work, her live in boyfriend/baby daddy of her other kid doesn’t work, and she still asks for money all the time for school pictures, dance classes, etc. and will claim she has no money for that yet, she always has her nails done, she has a $600 smart phone, she just got a new tattoo, she is always well dressed but the kids come here in rags that are too small, and the list goes on and on. I believe just as dads have to be accountable so should the moms, I don’t think any parent should get out of taking care of a child that they created, but I think there needs to be more accountability on where the child support funds are being used. I don’t think our hard earned money should be used to buy my husband’s ex a new tattoo or anything for that matter, it should be used for needs of the children and basic utility bills.

    • Marcus

      I agree. I think in order to receive child support that parent should have to hold down a steady job. Most of the mothers that get child support are on welfare. So it is an automatic “where’s the daddy” type of situation produced by the welfare office. I think they should show some type of responsibility on supporting the child from their end too. Basically mommy’s check/daddy’s child support check. Not mommy’s butt is soar from sitting on it all day while daddy has to pay child support or go to jail. It’s pathetic. Then if you sign the birth certificate, you pay. Even if the kid isn’t yours. You pay in which this is the case I am in. My cousin is the father. But the system/law says I have to pay because the birth certificate is a document under the government with my signature on it. The child support laws are set up to benefit only one party, the mother of the child. Its the same way with divorce courts. Lets pay the lady f#%k the father.

      • William

        Sir I feel for you on your situation, but I totally agree with CS being a one-sided affair. I pay close to a stack a month for my only son plus medical, yet he’s going on 5 and not potty trained and stays over 300 miles away in another state and his mom refuses to share the parenting visits nor give me the address to where he’s staying. I’m fighting tooth and nail to stay above water, but there’s ALWAYS something good that will come out of what we doing, man. Keep your head up.

  • Nick

    Isn’t it about time to put a law into affect that you have to have permission from the citizens of the city, town, suburb you live in before you can breed? Let your peers vote on it before you get knocked up! I do not have kids. Once again I say birth control!

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