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Economic Stimulus Checks Might Be Diverted by State or Federal Authorities

Parents who owe back child support payments or Ohioans who owe the state back taxes are finding they are not getting that economic stimulus check that was promised by Uncle Sam.

John Kohlstrand with the Ohio Department of Taxation says the federal government is checking with the state before issuing those checks to make sure the person doesn't owe back taxes or child support.

He says if money is owed, those checks are being diverted to pay off the debt.

People who owe back taxes or child support payments have been notified their checks will intercepted about 30 days prior to the checks being issued.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.