Deputies raid for alleged child-support scofflaws
NORRISTOWN >> Six people were startled awake by a knock at their doors early Wednesday from Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies conducting raids looking for those who allegedly owed back child support.
A team of deputies took five men and one woman into custody during an overnight sweep of parents who allegedly failed to pay child support or did not show up for domestic relations hearings and who collectively owed $35,678 in child support arrearages for 13 children, according to county Sheriff Sean P. Kilkenny.
The raids were conducted in Lansdale, Norristown, Blue Bell and North Wales.
Each of the alleged offenders was to be taken before a county judge for a hearing to answer to the allegations or to make payment arrangements.
According to the sheriff’s office, the following people were taken into custody to await hearings:
• Daniel Briggs, of the 2100 block of Chestnut Avenue, Norristown, who allegedly owed $10,632 for one child.
• Zachary Bright, of the 100 block of Wayne Avenue, Norristown, who allegedly owed $4,325.60 for three children.
• Theresa Hall, of the 2500 block of Skippack Pike, Lansdale, who allegedly owed $4,979.64 for two children.
• Gregory Kencik, of the 1400 block of Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, who allegedly owed $8,745.82 for three children.
• Brian Malave, of the 200 block of Arbor Court, North Wales, who allegedly owed $2,877.85 for two children.
• Mark Rose, of the 100 block of West Freedley Street, Norristown, who allegedly owed $4,116.63 for two children.
The sheriff’s department encourages those parents who have missed a court date to turn themselves in rather than having deputies drag them out of bed early in the morning.
Those who do not turn
themselves in are placed on the department’s “Domestic Relations Most Wanted for Child Support” list and have their photos and last known addresses placed on the sheriff’s website and on Twitter and Facebook accounts. Officials previously said the office receives several tips from people through social media.
Anyone who knows the whereabouts of someone
wanted on a bench warrant for failing to pay child support is encouraged to call the office’s tip line at 610278-3340 or tipsters can anonymously send a tip to the office through the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office web site at www.montcopa.org/sheriff
Tips can also be submitted by posting a message on the department’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.