Child Support Shooter Paying Five Times Too Much

1 decade 1 year 11 months ago Wednesday, April 26 2006 Apr 26, 2006 Wednesday, April 26, 2006 2:38:07 PM CDT April 26, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - State officials say a clerical error led them to assess a St. Louis man who went on a shooting rampage five times more in child support than he actually owed. Herbert Chalmers shot four people to death before killing himself last Tuesday. He told a woman he raped during the rampage that he was upset about his child support obligations. One of the victims was the mother of some of his children. The Missouri Department of Social Services says the mistake was made when more than 400-thousand child support files were converted to a new computer database in 1998. Spokeswoman Deborah Scott said the error increased Chalmers' monthly child support more than fivefold. Scott says Chalmers had many opportunities to correct the error. Scott said after Chalmers contacted the department once this year about the amount he owed, an employee tried five times to contact him without success. When Chalmers went on his rampage last week, the department was garnisheeing 50% of his paycheck.

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