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Title XXX DOMESTIC RELATIONS

Chapter 454

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  454.531.  Recovery of erroneously paid child support, procedures — penalty. — 1.  Whenever a parent or other person receives support moneys for a child paid to him or her by the family support division under the provisions of chapter 454, and the division subsequently determines that such payment, through no fault of the division, was erroneously made, either in good faith, or due to fraud or receipt of inaccurate information from the recipient of such support, such parent or other person shall be indebted to the division in an amount equal to the amount of the support money received by the parent or other person for that child.  The division may utilize any available administrative or legal process to collect the erroneously paid support to effect recoupment and satisfaction of the debt incurred by reason of the failure of such parent or other person to reimburse the division for such erroneously paid child support.  The division is also authorized to make a setoff to effect satisfaction of the debt by deduction from support moneys for that child in its possession or in the possession of any clerk of the court or other forwarding agent which would otherwise be payable to such parent or other person for the satisfaction of any support reimbursement.  Nothing in this section authorizes the division to make a setoff as to current support paid during the month for which the payment is due and owing.

  2.  A person commits the crime of stealing, as defined by section 570.030, if he or she knowingly retains possession of child support payments which have been erroneously paid by the division through no fault of the division and the division has requested reimbursement of such support paid, if the purpose is to deprive the division of such reimbursement, either without the consent of the division or by means of deceit or coercion.

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(L. 1998 S.B. 910 § 4, A.L. 2014 H.B. 1299 Revision)


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