Tuesday, November 2, 1999
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn today announced this year's third largest child support collection from John Drew of Houston. Due to the efforts of the Attorney General's Austin Child Support office, Drew's 6-year-old son and the mother of the child will receive $100,037 for delinquent child support payments.
"Parents have the responsibility to support the children they bring into this world," said Attorney General Cornyn. "I will continue to work aggressively to see that children receive the court ordered support they deserve."
Drew had been delinquent in his $1,200 per month child support payments for 6 years. The delinquent payments plus the mandatory 12% interest brought Drew's delinquent child support to $102,500.
Drew's payment came from a $400,000 lump sum early disbursement from the National Basketball Association Player's Pension Plan. Former NBA players are eligible to receive an early payment from the pension plan after reaching the age of forty-five. Drew was encouraged by the Attorney General's child support office to take the early disbursement to pay his delinquent child support.
Drew played ten years in the NBA beginning with the Atlanta Hawks in 1974-1982. Before the 1982 season, the Hawks traded Drew to the Utah Jazz. Drew played with the Jazz until 1985.
Since 1985, Drew has served time in Utah, Georgia and Texas jails for writing bad checks and a variety of drug charges.
The Attorney General's office uses many techniques to collect child support such as deducting child support from the noncustodial parent's paycheck, intercepting federal income tax refund checks or other money due from government sources and suspending professional and driver's licenses. A judge may sentence a delinquent parent to jail.
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