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Michigan AG: 64 People Arrested In Multi-County Child Support Sweep

September 14, 2018 - 12:04 pm
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LANSING (WWJ) - Several dozen deadbeat moms and dads have been busted in a multi-county child support sweep. 

The Michigan Attorney General's Office announced Friday that 64 individuals were arrested, owing a combined total of $1,080,768.03 in back child support for 94 children in west Michigan. 

The operation -- which officials said targeted parents who owed past-due support and had the means to pay, but had refused to do so -- was led by the AG's new Child, Elder & Family Financial Crimes Division.

In addition to failure to pay child support, AG Bill Schuette said a number of individuals arrested had previous convictions for crimes such as domestic violence, criminal sexual conduct, child abuse/neglect, or other felonies.

“Thousands of Michigan children go without food, clothing or housing every day because their parent refuses to help provide for them,” Schuette said, in a statement. “My team and law enforcement across the state make every effort to collect money for children before we make an arrest. These people can pay but have decided they won’t pay.  We have one goal: make life better for Michigan kids by getting them the money they need to grow up to be healthy and happy.”

The total arrearage from the sweep amounts to approximately $12,000 per child.

The joint effort took place in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties from the evening of September 11 through the evening of  September 12. Local officers and Friend of the Court deputies from Jackson, Cass, Barry, Berrien and Ingham counties participated as well as Michigan State Police.

Among those arrested include the following:

Veronica Aldrich, Jackson County, allegedly owing $49,956.61;
John Green, Kalamazoo County, allegedly owing  $49,633.05;
Donzell Jenkins, Kent County, allegedly owing $49,340.10;
Todd Allen, Ottawa County, allegedly owing $46,817, and;
Timothy Harget, Jackson County, allegedly owing  $44,084.08.

The names of the others in custody were not immediately released. 

Schuette said the defendants would be arraigned in their respective counties at which time bond would be set by the court.

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