Facebook posts get deadbeat parents busted for not paying child support

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — You only have to spend a couple of minutes with Casey to see he’s something special. He’s the kind of kid that makes you want to have kids — And at 3-years-old he’s chock full of life.

It’s hard to imagine what parent wouldn’t want to give him the world. But his own father barely gives him a dime.

“He’s paid a total of a $189 in three and a half years,” says Jennifer Cvikel, Casey’s mom.

She says he only paid that much just to keep himself out of jail.

If you do the math, John Rau has paid less than 14 cents a day since his son was born.  It would be laughable if it weren’t so tragic. You see, Casey has Leukemia.

“It’s a niIMAG0472-1ghtmare, I mean, your world just crashes right in front of you and you don’t even have a chance to react to it,” Cvikel remembers. “They just started taking him and this and that and more testing and then we were stuck in the hospital for weeks.”

For a year and a half, Casey suffered through chemotherapy, spinal taps and dozens of hospital stays. He even had to learn to walk again with physical therapy.

And through it all his father has not been by his side.

rau 3Instead, he’s been on Facebook, bragging about how much money he makes at his job, showing off his new “family whip,” and boasting about having tickets to a Packers game. When FOX6 Investigator Meghan Dwyer confronted Rau about not paying support, he said he didn’t know his son was sick until last Christmas and he intends to start paying support.

But all of his bragging on social media is exactly why he’s now facing felony charges for failing to pay child support.

And Rau isn’t the only one.

Melissa Jones got a nose job instead of paying her child support.

Theoris Stewart calls himself an R&B sensation, but instead of paying for his kids, he bought a fancy music studio.

Robert Ellis has 17 kids.  Kelvin Jones has 13 kids. And Antonio Burks has 11 kids. They one thing they all have in common ? They haven’t always paid their child support.

“They don’t think they’re going to get caught,” says Maureen Atwell, an assistant district attorney at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

And that’s where they would be wrong. Take John McCroy as an example. He’s supposed to pay $100 a month to support his 5-year-old little girl. He paid that.


Back in 2010.

john mccroy facebook 2But since then, he’s been busy posting selfies on Facebook and making music videos in his custom car.

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

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office agrees. And all of his posts on social media websites are making it easier to hold him accountable.

It’s not a crime if you can’t pay child support. It is a crime when you can afford to pay and you don’t pay on purpose for at least four months.

“I think the most important thing I do in my job is to weed out people who are simply too poor to pay their child support from people who can pay their child support and choosing not to,” Atwell says.

In other words, separating the deadbeats from the dead brokes.

“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,” Atwell says.

McCroy doesn’t just have the money, he’s flaunting it. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube — everywhere you look.

mc croy 2“Stacks and stacks of money, all this jewelry, the cars. It was just, like, wow, really?” says Haynes.

Of course, there is one way to get out of paying your child support. When we confronted McCroy he said he was ineligible to pay support because he died in a car accident.

When we asked him where he got all of the money he’s showing off on Facebook, he said he made it selling mix tapes. His rap name is Mr. JakItDown. He admitted he hasn’t paid child support in five years, but he insists there was a paperwork error.

“He not gonna sit here and lead a flashy life and not help me,” Haynes says.

Lucky for hjohn mccroy facebook 3er, that flashy life may be the one thing that finally makes him pay up.

“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 says.

But the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office does care.  And investigators are making sure if moms are left to raise kids on their own that the fathers don’t get to just walk away.

“I don’t have a choice to just turn around and close my eyes and walk away. That’s not an option for me,” Cvikel says.



    • kayla

      Can you read? They said one woman got a nose job instead of paying child support. Think of the kids instead of being offended that they are showing men dodging their responsibility

      • Keli Michael Hendrick

        Kayla, a lot of these mothers who collect this “Child Support” never have an ounce of accountability as to where it goes. The mother of my husbands daughter rakes it in from 2 fathers, yet, my husband and I have no legal right to know where she is living. The mother has played games since we got married. There is no law for fathers rights and women know this… they use it and they are more than happy to abuse it. This is not right!

      • bigedsr

        I don’t usually post to such things, however, this one I must. I married a divorced lady with 3 children, and a deadbeat husband. I saw what my life would be like both with her, and without her. I choose to be with her. I signed up for that life. I choose it. So did you, I’m guessing. You saw what was happening in your mans life, and you choose to be a part of it. YOUR CHOICE. Now that the bad side came, you want to complain. Too late. I wish you luck in life. Remember, it’s your choice……

      • Keli Michael Hendrick

        TO BIGEDSR… That is the problem, you assuming. You can’t see other situations unless it happens to you! See, when we married, we each had a daughter from a previous relationship. Mine was grown and raised BY ME w/out child support. Because I chose that! His daughter was 6 and his so-called “baby mama” was REAL sweet before we married and just so happened to be getting a divorce at the same time. It wasn’t until we married and wanted her to spend a few weeks a year with us that she got bitter. The more his da8ughter wanted to spend time with us… the more bitter she got. Don’t even go there with me! She downright lied to their daughter because she told me she never knew her Dad ever gave her Mom money. I sent the checks myself while he was deployed. She had to sneak online at a friends house just to talk to us… so don’t think you can tell me some Hallmark Channel Movie theme is the setting for real life. I can tell you Real Life at it’s worst! I can tell you what REALLY happens when people automatically label others. Far from deadbeat! he’s paying for it twice because she also claimed disability for 10 years, and was paid by checks she cashed. Really?
        1. DO YOU SEE THE KIDS YOU PROVIDE FOR? just curious since w haven’t had proof of life even since 2011? Ever think of that? Oh yeah, it didn’t happen to you, so? typical!

  • Hooptie Pete

    I doubt any of these idiots have jobs so the money they do have is probably from illegal means so the kids would never see it anyhow. Don’t worry guys my tax dollars will pay to feed, cloth and later incarcerate your unwanted children.

    • Kellee

      So let me get this straight, because their other parent isn’t paying child support, automatically they will be incarcerated later?? Let me just explain how wrong your statement is….I myself come from the same type of deadbeat parent situation and I’m not, nor have I ever been, incarcerated. Might I add, I’m in law enforcement.

  • Tonya

    I am not a fan of the witch hunt tactics and emotionalism of this story. Like any mother, it greatly saddens me to see fathers and mothers who do not have the decency to take care of their children financially. That said, the current child support system is incredibly faulty. The criminalization of parents who have not kept up payments seems to have pushed some parents put of their children’s lives.

    • Megan Witt

      What criminalization? My daughter is going on 16 years old in November & I have received a total of about $600.00 in the last 15 years from her father. That’s about 3 months worth of child support @ $200/month in almost 16 years!! You heard that right. And he has not been in jail once for not paying. Not sure how Milwaukee County cares but that doesn’t sound like caring to me.

    • Keli Michael Hendrick

      TONYA… Wow! You get it! I don’t know how or why, but you are one of the very few who truly get it. I have seen the same and I can tell you, it is NOT in the best interest of the child. I had a social worker even tell me that all their job was, was to collect the money. Period. Visitation, etc. you are on your own even if you pay on time, every time. Last time we talked to my husbands daughter was only because she was at a friends house and Skyped us. 3 hours we chatted … that was 3+ years ago. We miss her, but can’t afford an attorney in another state. Apparently being in the military is the same as choosing to abandon your child instead of bettering your life and providing.

      • Kristy

        There is legal aid and plenty of other sources to help military families, you just have to look. Military one source is a good place to start. Just talking about it gets you no where. All lawyers have to complete pro bono cases annually and most prefer to do so with military family issues, so reach out to legal services or your (or your husband’s JAG Corps). There are so many people who will help a military family that is being wronged.

  • lw

    So when asked about his failure to pay child support McCoy claimed he died and that’s why he couldn’t pay? Wow, what an idiot. They should offer these guys who have 5+ children a free vasectomy.

  • Tonie Michelle Mankunas

    ok I know i am not perfect i to have to pay childsuppot for my chilren and i am not saying that I wont pay it I currently have no job.. But i do put applications in 3 or 4 times a day . But because I was not ready to be a full time mother i made a sacrifice to give my kids up for adoption and to let them have a better life then i could give them.

      • Keli Michael Hendrick

        REALLY AMERICAN? If it weren’t for a mothers gift to another… women who couldn’t have their own children would be forever childless. This is a choice that is not easy, it hurts them I am sure… Maybe you should post on Obamas website and criticize the thousands of illegal children here now?

    • Keli Michael Hendrick

      I know what you mean… What they do is take away your driver license… take over your bank account, make you unable to pay any bills and drive you so far into debt that you can never pay child support, much less live a normal life again. How are you suppose to EVER pay child support when they have completely destroyed your credit and made you one step away from homeless?

  • Miguel

    I am not a fan of the witch hunt tactics and emotionalism of this story. Like any , it greatly saddens me to see fathers and mothers who do not have the decency to take care of their children financially. That said, the current child support system is incredibly faulty. The criminalization of parents who have not kept up payments seems to have pushed some parents put of their children’s lives. the govirment really needed to review the way the funds are getting to this parents ones the order is in full effect. Why? well is some of that money really reaching the kids? Some use this as well to intimidate as well as to extorchon each other for years to come dragging some times a good parent to act up and lash out to others . Is vital that this be better organize because some parents use this like they on Public Assistence if they find a way

    • Jerry

      Miguel your comment is the height of ignorance! If you feel a need to defend deadbeats don’t do it by judging and attacking mothers. I man needs to care of children, that simple. Don’t pay go to jail at least then you can’t reproduce.

    • Sarah Soulia

      There might also be legit reasons why some parents will not allow the birth father to see the children,Perhaps the mothers are afraid the father will kidnap them,Their father might be a man who is always choosing to live in shelters, work at carnivals which is why the government can not see the mans wages.The father might also have had prior child neglect/abuse cases out on him and his ex girlfriend from years ago,Which this is why those children were adopted by new families.Each situation is different.

  • Paul

    Mom’s. Don’t have kids with a guy who already has 11 kids. It is probably a bad sign if he has that many kids, and if you don’t know about that until later, you probably should of been careful not gotten pregnant.

  • Cherry Pop

    LMMFAO at the comments. If the men/ladies go to jail, how will they pay then??? Jail isn’t going to fix the problem. Women just need to make better decisions. Just because you have a baby by a man, it doesn’t mean he love you and he’s going to stick around to help you raise that child.

    • Dave

      LMMFAO at your ignorance Cherry Pop, these are not men who can not pay, they are men how refuse to pay. So they might as well be in jail where they can create no more children and have a wonderful childless relationship with Bubba. I see why this is a problem with all of you loser men defenders.

  • Ephraim Gabriel

    Deadbeat dads is more myth than reality. I mean are we going to act like men are claiming they are dead to avoid child support is a regular thing? Goolge “POST DIVORCE WEALTH GAP WAS WRONG AUTHOR AGREES” The WOMAN who helped coin the term deadbeat dad & wrote the child support used to “bust” these deadbeat dads based on the myth that deadbeat dads were rampant ADMITS SHE MADE THE WHOLE THING UP! We never had any epidemic of men leaving their children on a whim yet an entire family court industry was built on this lie. Now to keep the lie going because more men & grandmothers who do not have access to thier children & grandchildren are questioning in larger numbers so the media throws out articles like this to JUSTIFY the fraud family courts are involved in. Go to any family court & try to sit in on a hearing & watch as the Judge tells you to leave despite the fact that we have open courts in this nation. Why? Because they do not want people to see what is going on in these secret courts. Oh by the way the state profits from every child support case getting matching dollars from the Federal Gov’t & the judges profit indirectly as well through the Bar Association for each case they rule on. It’s time for men to stand up & not take articles like this at face value. I mean claiming to be dead? Come on!

  • Keli Michael Hendrick

    KAYLA! Wow… My husband is FAR from a Deadbeat! He is recently Retired from U.S. Army Infantry after 10 years, 4 12+ mo. Deployments and 5 surgeries. I have helped him pay child support (unwillingly) They took MY tax returns even though I have a child as well. Last time we talked to his daughter she had no clue he sent her Mom a penny… ever. KAYLA! You are just as IGNORANT as the system that labels. Maybe you were offended because You are also a “User” of the system… a victim player?

  • Keli Michael Hendrick

    THIS STORY… THIS CASE… is NOT one shoe fits all! There is another side to this that nobody ever hears about until they are the ones in it! I am a Mom who has raised my daughter on my own by choice. I am also a Mom who has seen the devastation that this Department can cause a Father who has been paying child support and still has no rights to visitation of his daughter. I see daily how a woman can use this system as a substitution for welfare. She doesn’t have to work. She makes MORE money from baby daddies than min wage.


  • Keli Michael Hendrick

    TO: g (aka post ‘n hide)
    Keli you chose to marry someone with baggage. Help him get current, thats your job now lol
    July 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm


  • J.d. Saunders

    Is this really ethical? I understand that there are people who do the right thing; however, they are punished for the wrong reasons. Yet, there are people who do the wrong things in life and yet they are rewarded. Please take the time and look at this petition and attached videos (click on the titles) for a father whose ex-spouse used the long arm statute to beat down this hard working father. If his story moves you, then please sign his petition. Thank you

  • Chantelle

    Men.. key word men take care of their children. If these women would stop having babies with little boys they would not have this problem. That one man had 14 children at which point did either one of those women feel the need for birth control. If he wasn’t taking care of the first 10 what made anyone think he was going to take care of the last 4.. and yes the child support system is flawed beyond belief. My sons father owed child support agency more money than he owed me. . How the hell was that math done..talking about interest and late charges. . Makes no sense.

  • slickery limits

    A photo of a guy with money doesn’t prove who the $ actually belongs to. I can pose in front of a Rolls Royce at a dealership, it don’t make me Donald Trump. But if you got kids, take care of them or you should get punished. You brought that responability into this world so it’s on you.

  • tree

    Well there not paying, why not go to jail, they ain’t doing shit anyway, nor seeing the child, its really bad when the child has life threatening illness and the father knows it and hasn’t even been to one HOSPITAL visit or just support. I say throw them in there. Maybe a few months may help them wake up.

  • michael

    My ex pleaded to a plea deal. For 40,000.00 deferred felony. She made 5 payment got with a new bf and stop. We have had a warrant out for her for almost a year now. Cant get law enforcement to do there job. But I bet if it was me I’d be in jail. Toccara tittus is a dead beat parent.

  • LORI Warren

    Andy Warren (left) is a deadbeat dad. Why can I locate him but child support can not? Reason Rich Swiatlowski (right) of Octane Construction LLC, Waterford, WI is paying Andy cash under the table. Said Rich Swiatlowski obviously did not complete the appropriate New Hire paper work to the state. Sad as that sound Rich Swiatloski is a father of 3 him self. Fox 6 there is so much more to this story. Would you help me locate Andy aka Andrew. FYI, he owes 30,000+ in child support and has been MIA for over 3 years. He left behind one amazing child.

  • Keli Michael Hendrick

    WOW… OK… Now that we have all been overwhelmed by the PUREST FORM OF IGNRANCE Milwaukee has to offer… I have to say this…I suggest that if you (as a woman) chose to have a child WITHOUT the father’s agreement, then that is a decision YOU made! So then don’t ask for Support later on!

    SIMPLE FIX: If we had a simple law that stated a pregnant woman’s intent in the first place, before the child is born….

    1. Want to claim a Father? Name him! Get his Agreement and/or Disagreement in writing to have a child.
    2. Automatic DNA testing AT BIRTH would solve a whole lot of future problems and save Millions of tax payer money!
    3. If you make the choice alone.. provide alone!
    4. You want to talk about Responsibility? What about the woman’s responsibility? Getting Pregnant does NOT make you a Victim unless you were raped! So stop using the system to serve yourself! Last time I checked, men and women could BOTH purchase condoms and/or birth control! It’s time women take responsibility just as much as men. If I did it 27 years ago, I think you can do it today!

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