Cops bust child support dodgers with Iron Bowl ticket offer

Several people suspected of not paying child support in Alabama were arrested during a unique sting operation, the Opelika-Auburn News reports.

Opelika police sent out letters to parents who had unpaid child support, alerting them that they had won free tickets to the Iron Bowl, a football match-up between local powerhouses Auburn and Alabama. When some of the parents arrived to pick up their tickets, they were arrested. Nearly a dozen parents were taken into custody.

The sting was an elaborate event put on by undercover police officers. The people who arrived to claim tickets were greeted by people dressed in Alabama and Auburn gear and a celebratory atmosphere. Once their identities were confirmed, they were arrested. The Opelika-Auburn News captured the entire event on film.

Some parents who owe child support are easier to catch. U.S. Representative Joe Walsh has recently been accused of owing $100,000 in child support, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Walsh argues that he does not owe anywhere close to that amount. His ex-wife claims that he owes the six-figure child support bill because it accumulated over eight years.