Spanish-speaking men (and women) in Smith County, Texas take their money orders down to the probation department’s Spanish-speaking child support collections Worker.
The Worker instructs them to leave certain fields blank, such as who the money order is made out to.
The immigrant fathers have made their child support payments.
But the mothers of their children claim not to receive child support.
Worker is suspended on an unrelated allegation of harassment.
Worker’s replacement can’t reconcile Worker’s support collections records.
Investigation leads to the money orders being traced back to Worker.
Worker reportedly alters the money orders so that they read as made out to her personally.
Worker allegedly spends the money herself.
And Worker is arrested on felony theft by a public servant of thousands of dollars, among other charges.
Worker pleads guilty and is sentenced to eight years’ incarceration.
With all due respect to the honest vast majority of child support workers, one has to wonder whether child support enforcement hires have to pass criminal background checks … or any background screening.