LOWELL — To date, tens of millions of Americans have been cut a check from the federal government to use as they see fit during the coronavirus outbreak currently ravaging the U.S. economy.

However, according to the IRS, there is an exception to those who would otherwise qualify to receive an economic impact payment check, including Lowell resident Jerry Okeefe. Instead, the 63-year-old former construction worker’s payment will be redirected to his mountain of back child support debt.

The $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump in March, intended to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus.

As part of the bill, those with an adjusted gross income up to

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