SOMERVILLE NJ - The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office arrested 44 parents delinquent in failing to pay child support as part of a statewide sweep conducted last month through NJ Kids.

“The non-support raid apprehended county residents who owed a combined total of nearly a million dollars,” said Sheriff’ Frank Provenzano. 

Twenty-seven Sheriff's Officers, operating in teams, served outstanding warrants and made arrests. A total of 44 men and women who owe more than $867,416.14 in child support were arrested. Also apprehended were Joseph Costin of Franklin, who was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant from Ocean County, with bail set at $2,500 bail, and Jermaine Bailey of Plainfield, who was arrested on an outstanding violation-of-probation, no-bail warrant from Somerset County.

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“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.”

“The roundup was a great success as far as the statistics show,” said Sheriff Provenzano. “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.”

The Somerset County Sheriff’s Office continues to look for parents not satisfying their child support obligations. Anyone with knowledge of individuals with outstanding child support warrants is encouraged to contact the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office at 908-231-7140, ext. 9.