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11 in Harrison arrested for failure to pay child support

By by Robin Y. Richardson
Nov. 1, 2012 at 11 p.m.

MARSHALL - Local law enforcement agencies arrested 11 parents for failure to pay child support as part of a round-up through the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Janece Rolfe, spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said the seven-day sweep began this past Friday and concluded Thursday morning.

"It was very successful with the arrest of 11 parents who owe child support," she said in a telephone interview, noting the Harrison County Sheriff's Office and Marshall Police Department worked together making the arrests.

The sweep targeted parents who were wanted for contempt of court because of their failure to pay their court-ordered child support.

"After holding a Friday briefing, teams of law enforcement officers were dispatched to locate and arrest the non-compliant parents. Child Support Division investigators supported the effort by providing logistical assistance to locate unsuspecting parents," officials at the attorney general's office said.

Rolfe said in Harrison County, 19 delinquent parents were subjects of arrest warrants. Of the 19 wanted, she said three arrests were made by the sheriff's office and eight were made by MPD.

She said the agencies are still following up on the whereabouts of the other eight individuals.

"We're still actively seeking those people at this time," said Jay Webb, administrative deputy with the sheriff's office.

Child support collected by the Attorney General's office exceeded $3.4 billion in 2011. Of that amount, Harrison County parents paid $10.7 million.



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