W. Pa. county granting amnesty to child support scofflaws

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Western Pennsylvania’s largest county says it won’t arrest scofflaws who owe child support if they turn themselves later this week.

Allegheny County officials tell Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/16O17dq ) they’re granting amnesty Thursday and Friday in hopes of clearing more than 2,000 bench warrants and collecting more than $20 million in outstanding child support.

Administrator Patrick Quinn tells the newspaper it’s an opportunity for people who owe money to have their cases reviewed and have their payments adjusted based on how much they make.

Allegheny County has 42,000 active child support cases. In 2013, officials collected 84 percent of money owed. That’s far above the national average.

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