Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano announced that his office arrested 47 people who owed a total of $952,298.50 in back child support.

SOMERVILLE – Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano announced that his office arrested 47 people who owed a total of $952,298.50 in back child support.

They were arrested between Sept. 26 and 28 by 36 sheriff’s officers that operated in teams, according to a news release. A total of $16,260 in delinquent child support was collected.

“This operation was conducted to remind parents of the importance of making regular child support payments and hopefully renew their commitment to do the right thing,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “Child support is a safety net for many Somerset County families. Children depend on child support for their basic needs such as food, shelter, healthcare and back-to-school clothing.

“Conducting these roundups gives us the ability to better serve children and families with the financial support they need and deserve.

Among those arrested was Michael Phillips, who has a child support warrant out of Middlesex County as well. Dominic Lumia was arrested on a child support warrant out of Monmouth County. Jahwil Thomas was arrested on two failure-to-appear-in-court warrants, out of the Franklin Township and Bridgewater Township municipal courts, respectively.

“The roundup was a great success as far as the statistics show,” Provenzano said. “What we don’t see is how many delinquent parents pay up once they know we are looking for them. Knowing that they face possible arrest encourages delinquent parents to uphold their obligations or face incarceration. It creates a compounding effect of payments that lasts weeks after the roundup.”

Those arrested, the amount they owed and the amount collected are:

Tylah Boyce, 37, Roselle, $34,047.14 (collected $150)
Lloyd Bunner, 62, Cherry Hill, $58,411.19 (collected $500)
Stephanie Baita, 31, Edison, $3,783.26 (collected $0)
Kevin Phillips, 42, New Brunswick, $4,872.29 (collected …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News

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