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.