64 arrested in child support sweep across counties

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

Sixty-four Michigan residents who owe more than $1 million in child support have been arrested during a sweep, the state attorney general said Friday.

“Thousands of Michigan children go without food, clothing or housing every day because their parent refuses to help provide for them,” Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statement. "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.”

He also said 55 people in the group were arrested on felony child support warrants. A number of people arrested in the seep also have previous convictions for other crimes, including domestic violence, criminal sexual conduct and child abuse.

Schuette said among those arrested in the operation were:

• Veronica Aldrich of Jackson County who owes $49,956.61;
• John Green of Kalamazoo County who owes $49,633.05;
• Donzell Jenkins of Kent County who owes $49,340.10;
• Todd Allen of Ottawa County who owes $46,817 and;
• Timothy Harget of Jackson County who owes $44,084.08 in child support.

The sweep, led by the Attorney General's Office, was conducted in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Cass, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties Sept. 11-12.


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