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OPERATION STOCKING STUFFER VI
Thursday, December 22, 2011

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts and Lexington County Clerk of Court Beth Carrigg on Thursday, December 22 announced the results of Operation Stocking Stuffer VI, which was a joint effort by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Clerk of Court’s Office to enhance the enforcement of family court orders concerning unpaid child support. The enforcement operation began in November and ended on December 21.

Fugitive investigators with the Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division arrested 127 persons who were wanted on family court bench warrants that were issued after the persons did not make a combined total of more than $1.9 million in court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County, Metts and Carrigg said. The persons whom investigators arrested included 56 habitual offenders who each owed more than $10,000 in court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County.

Metts and Carrigg implemented Operation Stocking Stuffer in order to try to ensure that custodial parents receive money that they need to provide holiday presents for their children. Custodial parents who do not receive court-ordered child support payments find it difficult to properly care for their children and provide a proper holiday celebration for their children.

“The enhanced enforcement of court orders in child support cases reflects our agency’s mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County,” Metts said. “The failure of non-custodial parents to financially support their children creates serious quality of life issues for children.”

Prior to the commencement of Operation Stocking Stuffer, fugitive investigators arrested 71 persons in 2011 who were wanted on family court bench warrants that were issued after the 71 persons habitually failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County, Metts and Carrigg said. The 71 habitual offenders owed a combined total of more than $1.9 million in unpaid, court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County. Each of the 71 habitual offenders owed at least $10,000 in unpaid, court-ordered child support payments.

Carrigg has worked in partnership with Metts to identify habitual offenders who have eluded law enforcement and repeatedly refused to make court-ordered child support payments, Metts said. Carrigg asked Metts to assign fugitive investigators to search for and arrest deadbeat parents who do not comply with family court orders to financially support their children.

“Sheriff Metts and I are more dedicated than ever in today’s tough economic times to obtain financial support for children and parents who have custody of children,” Carrigg said. “Dead-beat parents will not be tolerated in Lexington County, and we will use every legal means available to provide children and parents who have custody of children with the financial support that they deserve and need.”

Non-custodial parents who owe court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County can make arrangements to resolve family court bench warrants that have been issued for their arrests by calling the Clerk of Court’s Office at (803) 785-1196, Carrigg said.

Non-custodial parents who are wanted on family court bench warrants also can surrender at the Lexington County James R. Metts Law Enforcement Complex, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, Metts said.

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