LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that 64 individuals were arrested after a multi-county child support sweep led by the Department of Attorney General’s new Child, Elder & Family Financial Crimes Division. Those arrested owe a combined total of $1,080,768.03 in back child support to 94 children.
“Thousands of Michigan children go without food, clothing or housing every day because their parent refuses to help provide for them,” said Schuette. “My team and law enforcement across the state make every effort to collect money for children before we make an arrest. These people can pay but have decided they won’t pay. We have one goal: make life better for Michigan kids by getting them the money they need to grow up to be healthy and happy.”
The total arrearage from the sweep amounts to approximately $12,000 per child. The sweep targeted individuals who owed past due child support, and had the means to pay, but had refused to do so.
In addition to failure to pay child support, a number of individuals arrested had previous convictions for crimes such as domestic violence, criminal sexual conduct, child abuse/neglect, or other felonies.
A total of 55 individuals were arrested on Michigan Attorney General, felony child support warrants. Another five individuals were arrested on local child support, misdemeanor bench warrants. An additional four individuals were arrested on teletype warnings sent to out-of-state police agencies for warrant pickups.
The joint effort was led by the Department of Attorney General and took place in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties from the evening of Tuesday, September 11 through the evening on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Local officers and Friend of the Court deputies from Jackson, Cass, Barry, Berrien and Ingham counties participated as well as the Michigan State Police assisted Attorney General investigators in the sweep.
Among those arrested by Attorney General Agents include:
- Veronica Aldrich, Jackson County, owes $49,956.61;
- John Green, Kalamazoo County, $49,633.05;
- Donzell Jenkins, Kent County, $49,340.10;
- Todd Allen, Ottawa County, $46,817, and;
- Timothy Harget, Jackson County, $44,084.08.
All defendants are being arraigned in the respective counties and bail/bond will be set by the court.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.