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Elizabeth Man Among 58 Arrested for Failure to Make Child Support Payments


SOMERVILLE, NJ  - An Elizabeth man was among 58 men and women arrested for failure to make child support payments during a three-day sweep by Somerset County Sheriff officers.

The sweep was conducted in several New Jersey counties on April 17,18 and 19, according to Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.

The operation involved 39 officers, operating in teams, who served outstanding warrants and made arrests. Those arrested owe a combined total of more than $1 million in child support, according to Provenzano.

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Roger Munoz, 45, of Elizabeth, owes the largest amount of those arrested, $147,244.86.

Others arrested included Ainsely Cash, 33, who owes $39,009.77; Thomas Jubak, 56, who owes $29,779.93 and Marquis J. Esaw, 36, who owes $10,322.71 according to the list provided by Provenzano.

Michael Phillips of Franklin, who was arrested on a Somerset County child support warrant, also was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.

 Jamal Zubairu and Carl Odums, both of Franklin, also were charged with possession of fewer than 50 grams of marijuana. Carl Odums also had additional warrants for contempt of court out of Hillsborough Municipal Court and failure to appear out of North Brunswick Municipal Court.

 Vanessa Aiello of Clinton was arrested, after a foot pursuit, on a Somerset County Prosecutor’s warrant for a failure to appear in Drug Court out of Somerset County Superior Court. 

Arrests were made in Princeton, Paterson, Plainfield, Middlesex, New Brunswick, Edison, Bridgewater, Manville, Perth Amboy, Somerset, North Plainfield, Englewood, Linden, Laurence Harbor, Raritan, Willingboro, Roselle, Woodbridge, Bound Brook, Flemington, Westfield, Carteret, Burlington, Bridgewater and North Brunswick.

“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,” Provenzano said.

 “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,” he continued.

“The roundup was a great success as far as the statistics show,” he 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 them to uphold their obligations or face incarceration. It creates a compounding effect of payments that last weeks after the roundup,” Provenzano added.

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