Soldier says state returned disputed money

Soldier says state has returned disputed child support money
August 14, 2008 1:56:52 PM PDT
A U.S soldier says he has won a battle against the State of Illinois over thousands of dollars seized by the government from his bank account as he was serving in Iraq.Army Sgt. Joshua Hinkle tells the I-Team he received $2,000 back from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, which was part of a disputed child support tab. On June 19, 2008, Hinkle's bank account balance of $4,268.59 was frozen. Child support officials said they did not know Sgt. Hinkle was stationed in Iraq when they put a lien on his bank account for past due payments. Hinkle was told the money would be frozen for 180 days or until the issue was resolved, whichever came first.

The Quad Cities native told us in an email from Iraq that he was informed by the Division of Child Support Enforcement that his bank account would not be frozen again while he is deployed. Hinkle disputes how much he owes in past due child support for his two children and plans to go to court when he returns from Iraq in six weeks. Hinkle also says half of the money that was taken from his account has been given to the mothers of his children.


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