SOMERVILLE, NJ – A sweep by the Somerset County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrest of 35 parents, including 17 Somerville residents for failure to pay child support, a total of $869,819, according to Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano.

One of those arrested from Somerville owes $86,491; another owes $66,421.69 in child support, according to Provenzano.

“From Sept. 20 to 22, my Sheriff’s Officers conducted a sweep of individuals charged with being delinquent in making child-support payments,” Provenzano said.  “The operation involved more than 28 Sheriff's Officers, operating in teams, who served outstanding warrants and made arrests.

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Also apprehended was Sabrina Hunter of New Brunswick, who was arrested on an outstanding bench warrant from Somerset County for failure to appear in court and two municipal court warrants out of South Plainfield and North Brunswick.

Two South Bound Brook residents arrested on child-support warrants, Mario E. Munguia and Aaron Gray, also had outstanding violation-of-probation, no-bail warrants from Somerset County.

“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.

“The roundup was a great success as far as the statistics show,” he added. “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.”

Those Somerville residents arrested, their ages and the amounts they owe, according to the Somerset County Sheriff's Department are:

Dennis Nguyen, 62, $10,677; Catherine Arrubla, 31, $433.57; Rashawn Terry, 24, $17,255; Armando Sanchez, 32, $2,,477.55; Dwayne Roney, 48, $7,147,22; Omar Taylor, 32, $50,884.85; Victorino Rincon Alvarez, 38, $17,445; Lester Montero,32, $86,491; Rafael Vargas, 34, $33,124.69; John Palazzo, 57, $4,986.33.

Also, Esteban Lizano, 30, $6,353,70; Jabree Sunkins, 28, $1,875; Benito Vargas, 46, $6821.43; Luis Rafal Veras, 38, $232; Robert Jones, 41, $3,710, Henry Rader, 29, $5,205.57 and Edward J. Shaw, 44, $66,421.69.