Windell Blount, of Jackson, Mississippi, is grateful for his knowledge of the law. He feels that if he had not been a certified police officer studying prelaw, he may not have recognized some questionable moves by the Department of Human Services. And a result, he may have paid money he did not owe.
After his divorce in 2009, Windell made child support payments of $490 per month from his Social Security Disability benefits. The benefits eventually ended. In April of 2010, he was declared to not be in contempt of court for owing child support and a hearing was scheduled for July to determine a new payment amount. Due to circumstances with his wife’s attorney, the issue was never resolved. This was the beginning of the nightmare for Windell.
Over a year and a half later, the threatening letters started. Over the subsequent months, he received numerous letters claiming that he owed varying amounts in child support. They threatened to suspend his license and alert credit agencies if payments were not made. But Windell states that no new court order had been issued. He made countless phone calls and wrote copious letters to resolve the matter, but it was to no avail. He finally contacted the FBI in April 2012. After investigating the matter, the DHS underwent a restructuring a few months later in October. The DHS defended this matter with the fact that the organization is overworked and understaffed. Regardless of the reason, Windell just wants to alert people to what he went through. He doesn’t want those who might not be aware of their rights to fall victim to what he sees as deception by the state.