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Audit finds more could be done to collect child support in Md.

ANNAPOLIS — An audit has found a state agency could be doing more to maximize child support payments from noncustodial parents.

The audit by the Maryland Department of Legislative Services released Monday examines the Maryland Department of Human Services’ Child Support Enforcement Administration.

The audit found the agency has not fully used wage withholdings, occupational license suspensions and seizure of bank accounts to make parents pay up.

The audit notes that the withholding of wages accounts for the largest portion of collections. But withholding had not been established for 8,763 noncustodial parents with arrearages totaling $88 million whose wages totaled $43 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2010.

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