• Judge rules thousands overcharged in back child support interest

    By: Ashli Lincoln

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    Quick facts:

    • Some parents said they have been overcharged for back child support.
    • A judge ruled Monday that the state could have to pay millions in repayment.
    • If his ruling is upheld, a search of paper records will decide who is owed refunds.

    A Green Country father could get cash from the state because of a clerical error.

    Monday, a judge decided that the state could have to pay millions for charging parents too much interest on back child support.

    One of the 20,000 men that claim they have been over charged said he has been paying well over his required child support for more than a decade.

    In a class action lawsuit, it was discovered that DHS records showed more than 26,000 parents could be refunded from overpayment.

    Records dating back to 2000 indicate parents were wrongfully charged 10% interest on back child support.

    State law requires interest to be added on a yearly basis, but some said their interest was compounded monthly.

    If the judge’s decision is upheld, a search of paper records that date back to 1993 will be necessary to determine who is owed refunds.

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