U.S. v. Dann: A restitution order simply cannot redistribute child support — or accrued child support— where minor children are involved.
Child support arrears due to or held by the criminal defendant in this case was held by the defendant as a “conduit” for support for her children, and thus they could not be assigned to the victim of the defendant’s crime as restitution.
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