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OPERATION LAST CHANCE
Friday, May 24, 2013

 
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC - The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Lexington County Clerk of Court’s Office served family court bench warrants on 84 dead-beat parents as a result of mailing letters in April to persons for whom bench warrants had been issued after the persons failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County. The letters offered the persons an opportunity to resolve family court 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 last chance to resolve the bench warrants on Wednesday, May 22 at the Marc H. Westbrook Lexington County Judicial Center in Lexington.

A family court judge on Wednesday handled cases involving 36 persons who failed to make court-ordered child support payments in Lexington County, Metts and Carrigg said. Of the 36 persons who appeared before the family court judge, 11 persons received jail sentences for failing to make court-ordered child support payments. The remaining 25 persons worked with the family court judge to set up payment plans for their outstanding child support payments.

“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.”

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