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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Woman Told to Pay back Child Support

SOCORRO--- The Office of the Attorney General says one Socorro woman owes them hundreds of dollars, but she says they actually owe her money.

Elisa Benitez raises her one-year-old son at her mobile home while going to school full-time.
She and her ex-husband both agreed to hire the Texas Attorney General's office to work out their child support payments.
"We got into this because we thought it was going to make it easier, and instead it just made it way more complicated," she said.

Benitez received a letter in the mail saying the OAG overpaid her more than $500 over the past year, and now they want that money back.

"And they say if I don't pay within 30 days, they're going to start cutting my checks in half," said Benitez.

Benitez says she has bank statements that prove otherwise.

"My bank statements showed that I wasn't receiving the money they said they were sending me. They said they were sending me a 100 dollars, my bank only received 30," said Benitez.

We looked at her documentation, and it all matched up.
In fact, Benitez says her statements show another thing: the OAG actually owes her money.

After she stopped receiving Medicaid services for her son in October, the OAG continued to take the money out from her payments.

She says they've kept $180 that's not theirs.

We called the OAG and talked to them about Benitez' situation.
"Her case was not properly coded...We'll look into why it happened. We will review that documentation and make sure that everything is correct," said spokeswoman Janece Rolfe.

Yet after Elisa said she's received the run-around for weeks, she was ready to just quit the service.

"And I asked them, 'what's the only way I can get rid of the service?' And they told me that I'd have to get back with him(ex-husband), be living with him for six months, and it would go away."

And she says that's no option.

Benitez will find out in the next two weeks if she'll have to pay the child support cash back, hoping to find a little support for herself.

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