A Bergen County sweep nabbed 51 deadbeat parents who owed nearly $500,000 in child support payments, Sheriff Michael Saudino said in a statement Friday.
One man caught in the sweep owed nearly $119,000, according to the sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s Fugitive Warrant Unit carried out the arrests Tuesday through Thursday and officials have so far collected about $40,000 of the owed money.
“These types of raids are important because these families are counting on this money to live and unfortunately these individuals have tried to skirt that responsibility,” Saudino said. “The Bergen County Sheriff Office has a reputation for executing these raids with great success."
The raids took place without incident, the sheriff said.
Bergen County’s raid was part of a part of a statewide initiative involving sheriff’s offices in all 21 counties. Anyone with information about someone wanted on a child support or other warrant can submit tips anonymously at www.bergentip.com.