Dead Beat Dads Play Reluctant Santas

Here’s a Merry Christmas story for two women and their children and a message of “Hang in there!” for others.

For women out there waiting on child support checks, take heart. Sometimes the unexpected will drop thousands in your lap like it did for two local women recently. Child support workers caution, however, that the following luck does not befall everyone.

Seems that one local woman had just about decided to call it quits on collection from her ex-husband who had been in and out of jail and never paid child support. The woman, who preferred her identity remain private, said she left her husband when her daughter was 2 1/2 years old. She said he sent her “zero” all through the years.

Mary Lou Sowa, Child Support Officer for Inyo County said that this woman considered closing her case. “I encouraged her to keep trying,” said Sowa. The woman did. Good thing since her husband received an inheritance which went into his back account. The State Child Support Collections found out, dinged the man’s account and – Bingo, more or less – $93,000 for the long-patient ex-wife.

The woman told us she got the whole inheritance paid off her home, her debts and put some aside. She said, “Women out there who are getting no child support should be encouraged to file and wait. You never know. There is hope.”

Hope turned into dollars for another woman earlier. Child Support Officer
Sowa said that a local woman’s ex-husband is a famous choreographer. This case went to the District Attorney on allegations of child abandonment and failure to pay support.

The husband is David Scott, choreographer on theater productions such as “You Got Served” and “Stomp the Yard.” The system stomped on him and exacted $62,000 for his ex-wife and child in Inyo.

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