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OPERATION LAST CHANCE
Thursday, April 5, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Clerk of Court’s Office mailed letters to 295 persons who are wanted on family court bench warrants that were issued after they failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County, offering the persons an opportunity to resolve bench warrants as part of Operation Last Chance.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts and Lexington County Clerk of Court Beth Carrigg said the 295 persons who are wanted on family court bench warrants will be able to come to court to resolve the bench warrants between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday, April 30 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center, 205 East Main Street, Lexington. Additional family court judges will be on the bench in order to expedite resolving bench warrants and establishing payment plans for unpaid, court-ordered child support payments.

Persons who are wanted on family court bench warrants that were issued after they failed to make court-ordered child support payments must appear in court in person, Metts and Carrigg said. They are asked to bring with them a government-issued photo identification card, proof of employment or proof that they are disabled and cannot work and proof of their current address.

“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.”

Persons who do not take advantage of Operation Last Chance to resolve family court bench warrants that have been issued for their arrests will be subject to immediate arrest by fugitive investigators with the Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division, Metts and Carrigg said.

“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.”

In 2011, fugitive investigators with the Sheriff’s Department Warrant Division arrested 127 habitual offenders 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 habitual offenders each owed more than $10,000 in court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County.

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