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Back Child Support from BP Oil Spill

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Local News, News.
August 11, 2011

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The Oklahoma Department of Central Services is getting back child support to kids through claims for the BP Gulf Coast oil spill last year.

DHS Child Support Services says it managed to get more than $19,000 after convincing the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to allow for electronic matching of recipients who owe back support.

DHS Spokesman Jeff Wagner says when claims started to be filed the department had no idea how many individuals would be affected.

“We looked at those cases that were most likely to have a tie to the gulf coast region and whose income may have been harmed by the oil spill and from that we generated a list of 22,000 names.”

Originally, GCCF wasn’t going to do electronic claims so DHS sent paper subpoenas which stacked 70 inches tall and occupied five paper boxes.

The group relented and allowed for electronic claims for all states.

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