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Auditors search for missing child support funds

Eagle Staff Report

Brazos County auditors are trying to find $800 that officials said is missing from a child support fund in the district clerk’s office.

District Clerk Marc Hamlin said he first became aware of the problem Thursday when he received a call from a bank telling him the account was short of funds. Hamlin said he immediately notified the county auditor’s office and Brazos County Sheriff’s Department to report the missing money.

“We haven’t made any determination yet,” Hamlin said Monday. “They’re trying to make sure there aren’t any discrepancies.”

Hamlin’s office receives about 200 child support payments each day, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The office accepts all means of payment for child support cases, but Hamlin said checks are the predominate form of payment.

He said the account should always zero out because any child support payments that are made to his office are mailed to the family the same day.

Hamlin said he is hopeful a clerical error will be caught to explain the missing money.

“You just don’t want to speculate until you’ve exhausted those possibilities,” he said.

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