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Editor’s Note: Here’s an interesting tidbit gleaned from the Smith & Brink Report (Free to the fraud fighting industry contact Dan Wood at 617-7702-214 ext. 231). While the information provided applies to the state of Massachusetts and legislation applicable in that state, the concept is worth checking out in other states.
M. G. L.c.175, 24(b) deals with insurance companies checking with the Department of Revenue to determine if a claimant owes past due child support prior to disbursing a lump sum settlement check to the claimant.
For those wishing to know how to find out if a recipient of a settlement owes back support, here is the procedure:
- Call the Child Support Enforcement Division of the Department of Revenue at 800-332-2733 Monday through Friday 8: 45 AM to 5: 00 PM.
- Press “O” for a service representative.
- Provide the service representative with the name and social security number of the individual in question.
- The service representative will conduct an investigation and will fax any results to the insurance company after the investigation has been concluded. (The duration of the investigation varies from case to case, depending upon the number of investigations the service representative is conducting at the time.)
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