The website created to shame and locate people owing child support in Kansas has received tens of thousands of hits and found its first evader, Gov. Jeff Colyer announced Thursday.
"In the last 24 hours, that website has had 44,454 visits," Colyer said just before a ceremony to recognize a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper. "We have also had 27 total submissions to the website, helping us identify people that were trying to escape their obligations."
Of the 10 people identified on the Kansas site, Colyer said, one has been found.
"We were able to get an order, garnishing his wages," he said. "We found him. It's working. We're starting right now, today."
Brandon J. Wilson's photo on the website now shows the word "Found" in red letters. According to the website, he owes $56,216 in support for two children and was last seen in Compton, Calif.
Several other states operate websites similar to the Kansas Child Support Evaders site announced Wednesday to round up late payments with the premise of reducing the tax burden on state-based welfare programs.
After an individual is located, the state can withhold money from the person's paycheck or go after bank accounts, vehicles, tax returns and other assets.
Gina Meier-Hummel, secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, said the agency is willing to work with people to help them make payments.
"It's about promoting personal responsibility and ensuring that what is owed to children is collected and responsibly given to those who are in need," Meier-Hummel said earlier this week. "I think the other piece certainly serves as a deterrent for other families who may choose or think twice about paying their support."