Police & Fire

Somerset Sheriff's Office Arrests 31 Parents Owing $433,714 in Child Support

Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano

 

 

SOMERVILLE, NJ  – A three-day sweep of individuals charged with being delinquent in making child-support payments led to the arrest of 31 parents owing a total of $433,714, according to Somerset County Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.

The operation involved more than 34 Sheriff's Officers, operating in teams, who served outstanding warrants and made arrests.  Also arrested on a child support warrant was Francois Skyers of Plainfield, who also had an outstanding Somerset County bench warrant for failure to appear in court. 

“This operation was conducted to remind parents of the importance of making regular child support payments and hopefully renew their commitment to doing 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 clothing. Conducting these roundups gives us the ability to better serve children and families with the financial support they need and deserve," he added.

Sign Up for E-News

Of those arrested, Jesse Sutton, 57, of Somerset, owed the largest amount, $69,338; Gilbert Gonzalez, 44, New Brunswick, owes $53,005; Harry Vasquez, 42, Plainfield, owes $41,998; Christopher Bryan, 34, Bridgewater, owes $38,184; Gerald Guy, 49, Metuchen owes $24,940; Francois Skyers, 29, North Plainfield owes $21,180 and Stanley Brown, 33, Linden, owes $16,572.

Justin Bilecky, 39, Hillsborough, owes $2,880 and made a payment of $480.

Some of these amounts were reduced by payments made at the time of the arrests.

“The statistics show the roundup was a great success,” 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 a delinquent parent to uphold their obligations or face incarceration. It creates a compounding effect of payments that lasts weeks after the roundup.”

For further information, contact Provenzano at 908-231-7140, ext. 9.

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Hillsborough

Burke Eager to Continue Public Dialogue in Hillsborough

November 13, 2017

Dear Editor:

I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you all for the support, encouragement, and positivity. And of course thank you to Jane Staats my running-mate, for being by my side at every turn and being a truly great individual and human being.

To Doug Tomson and Gloria McCauley, I wish you well and hope that you are successful in your terms in Hillsborough for the next three ...