Social media busts parents who avoided child support

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Casey Cvikel is three years old and battling leukemia. His mother is by his side through the hospital stays and chemotherapy, but is father is quite the opposite.

John Rau. Photo: WITI-TV
John Rau. Photo: WITI-TV

John Rau has paid only $189 in child support in three and a half years, yet he brags on Facebook about how much money he makes at his job.

Now, he is facing felony charges for refusing to pay.

Rau is not alone in giving away his crime on social media.

John McCroy has paid his $100 per month child support payment only once, yet his Facebook posts show that he has enough money to pay. One shows him holding up wads of cash, and he posts music videos shot in his custom car.

“I feel like if he could be out here being flashy that he can take care of our child,” the mother of one of his children, Canience Haynes, told WITI-TV.

John McCroy. Photo: Facebook
John McCroy. Photo: Facebook

McCroy said he was ineligible to pay support because he died in a car accident.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office used McCroy’s posts to determine that he is not just unable to pay, which would not be a crime.

“Social media has made a pretty big difference in our cases because it is a pretty good tool in determining who has resources and who doesn’t,” assistant district attorney Maureen Atwell said.

Another music artist, Theoris Stewart, bought a music studio instead of paying for his kids.

A mother, Melissa Jones, chose a nose job instead of child support.

“I really think that it is not that they are too stupid to realize that this is evidence. I think they think nobody cares,” Atwell said.

See WITI-TV for more on this story.

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