Montco rounds up deadbeat parents

Posted: June 18, 2013

About 10 deadbeat Montgomery County parents had a rude awakening this morning when sheriff's deputies came knocking on their doors to serve warrants for failure to pay child support.

Sheriff Eileen Behr said 20 deputies began looking around 1 a.m. for parents who have not paid court ordered child support. About 10 arrests were made in the Phoenixville, Pottstown, Norristown and Jenkintown areas. They are still looking for another 29 individuals, she said.

"They had their chance to come in last week to strike deal," Behr said

About $5 million in back support is owed to families in Montgomery County, Behr said.

One arrest led to a drug investigation when deputies found drugs and drug paraphernalia at a Jenkintown area home, Behr said.

Last week 45 parents - a record number - turned themselves in to the courts to either pay up their debt or come to a resolution, Behr said.

"If they are out there and know they owe, they should call or come in and work out a deal," said Behr.

Anyone who wants to report an anonymous tip can call 610-278-3340.


Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-313-8111, mschaefer@phillynews.com or @MariSchaefer on Twitter.

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