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Sheriff’s office participates in statewide nonsupport sweep

  • Posted: June 5, 2012

Sheriff Michael F. Strada today announced his agency’s participation in the New Jersey Statewide Nonsupport Warrant Sweep. The sweep is sponsored by the Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey and is conducted in full cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Family Development, the Office of Child Support Services and the probation divisions of each respective county in the state.

Early this morning, sheriff’s officers—with arrest warrants issued by a Superior Court in New Jersey—arrested the following eight individuals who failed to comply with court ordered child support payments:

DefendantAgeResidenceAmount Owed
Thomas A. Steines56Newfoundland$21,013
Miguel Matos28Sussex Borough$5,590
Dennis Tibis43Newton$23,537
Anthony Waldron38Newton$34,304.69
Robert Fernley34Ogdensburg$45,286.81
Anthony Pakulnniewicz43Hopatcong$33,784.71
Thomas Scherzer45Stanhope$48,319.16
Eric Budinger34Hopatcong$35,890.17

All persons arrested in the sweep were processed and lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility. Those incarcerated are given the opportunity to make a payment of the monies owed in order to be released. If unable to make full payment, they will be rescheduled for a court appearance before a Superior Court judge. At that time, the judge will make a determination regarding the amount of child support that must be paid on a case-by-case basis.

Sheriff Strada, noting that the sweep will continue through Thursday, June 7, 2012, advises that Sussex County residents with an active warrant for nonsupport may want to be proactive and contact his office to make arrangements for surrender.

Additionally, the sheriff asks any member of the public who can provide information that may lead to the arrest of someone who owes child support to contact the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Crime Stoppers toll-free tip line at (888) 973-CRIME. Tips may also be submitted online through the Crime Stoppers Online Anonymous Tip Form. Your information can greatly assist the sheriff’s office in enforcing outstanding warrants. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward.

A charge is an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty. If you have any questions regarding anything published herein, please contact the Public Information Office at 973.579.0865, ext. 2010.


Sheriff Michael Strada