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N4T Investigators: Deadbeat UPDATE: Social Media Campaign

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TUCSON- It's a News 4 Tucson Investigators update for you about parents who don't pay child support. You may remember Governor Doug Ducey announced Arizona will start publishing the names of child support evaders.

"For too long, you've been able to remain anonymous," said Governor Ducey.

During the 2016 State of the State Address, Ducey called them out.

"I'm talking to deadbeat dads," he said.

Ducey said some referred to him as the "hashtag governor." Now the state is using social media in a way to publicly shame child support evaders into paying up.

"It's simple, if you're old enough to father a child, then you're old enough to accept financial responsibility for that child," said Ducey.

The N4T Investigators found out Cary Michael Orban, who we told you about last year, was back in court this month. He's the same man who said he was physically disabled to pay child support. The Arizona Attorney General's Office told us Orban was ordered to make three child support payments or face going to jail. We called Orban for comment, but when we identified ourselves, the person who answered the call hung up.

Then there's Melissa Ortiz, who is a single mother of three, who says Arizona isn't doing enough to hold her ex-husband accountable.

"He has nothing to worry about because they're letting him get away with it," said Ortiz. "As far as putting their picture here and there, I don't think that's going to make a difference, it's not like they're going to go and turn themselves in and say, oh yeah, here's everything I owe."

Arizona Department of Economic Security documents show her children's father, Dominick M. Cuccio, owes more than $82,000.

"He does side jobs and gets paid under the table," said Ortiz. She added because of that, he avoids the state taking any of his money. Papers also show the last payment he made was in 2014 for $500. Ortiz says it was paid to stay out of jail. We called Cuccio to get his side of the story, but no one answered and we left a message. We called a second time, and once again, nobody answered. But that time the voicemail told us the mailbox was full, so we couldn't leave a message. We then went to his last known address, knocked on the door, and rang the doorbell, but no one answered.

"It's very tough, it's very tough and very frustrating that he's Scot-free, worry-free, pretty much laughing at the state and laughing at me, yet his children are going without or having to struggle," said Ortiz.

She remains skeptical the law will catch up to him.

We found out the governor's office received nearly 300 "deadbeat tips" through its website. A spokeswoman told us they're working hard to investigate each one, and they've seen an increase of payments from those parents who were previously delinquent.

If you have a story for the N4T Investigators, email investigators@kvoa.com or call the tipline 520-955-4444.

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