Newspaper article The Florida Times Union
Deadbeats' Wallets Pried Open Collections Agencies Retrieve Millions
Computer technology, along with friends and families of deadbeat
parents, has helped two private agencies collect more than $70
million in child support for Florida's children.
Since January 1996, RSI Enterprises Inc. and Lockheed Martin
IMS have collected $78,358,329 in 171,000 state child support
The collections were made from people who are difficult to
locate, move around a lot, don't respond to state employees
inquiries and have not paid anything for six months, said Chuck
Springston, a Florida Department of Revenue spokesman.
"These are hard-core people who are not paying," he said. "The
collection efforts have gone very well."
Using computer data bases to contact neighbors, relatives, old
employers and to get information about assets, RSI Enterprises
-- based in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- has collected money on about 34
percent of its Florida cases.
"A lot of our effort is in finding these people," said Tim
Brainerd, president of RSI Enterprises Inc. "They're trying not
to be found."
Lockheed Martin IMS -- which operates its collections work from
Austin, Texas -- collects 12 percent to 15 percent of its
Harry Wiggins, vice president of child support services of
Lockheed Martin IMS, said neighbors, friends and relatives of
deadbeat parents often cooperate with workers seeking
"Most people think kids should be supported by their parents,"
he said. "The only people who don't think that are the folks who
should be paying. If the dad or mom is not supporting their
kids, generally the taxpayers are."
Both collection agencies are paid based on a formula that ties
their reimbursement to the amount of child support they collect. …