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OPERATION LAST CHANCE
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Clerk of Court’s Office served 133 family court bench warrants as a result of mailing letters to persons for whom bench warrants were issued after they failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County. The letters offered 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 persons who were wanted on family court bench warrants had a chance to resolve the bench warrants on Monday, April 30 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center in Lexington.

A family court judge on Monday heard cases involving 77 parents who failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County, Metts and Carrigg said. The persons who were served with the 133 family court bench warrants failed to make a combined total of more than $1 million in court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County.

Operation Last Chance resulted in the service of family court bench warrants on 48 persons who each owed at least $10,000 in unpaid, court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County, Metts and Carrigg said. During the operation, fugitive investigators arrested seven persons who were wanted on family court bench warrants.

“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.”

“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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