Sheriff’s Office goes on deadbeat blitz

The Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office is going after those who owe back child support and domestic abuse penalties.  The office made a sweep of the city, issuing about 75 warrants and taking 10 people into custody early this morning.

Between 3:00 and 6:30 AM, officers fanned out, issuing warrants to parents owing up to$200,000 in back child support.  Some are more than two years delinquent on payments.

Sergeant Vernon Muse heads the Warrant Unit of the Sheriff’s Department.

“This operation was done by Sheriff Barbara Deeley to show support for those that have been slighted as far as child support goes,” Muse said.

The unit routinely issues warrants to deadbeat parents, but the sweep was coordinated with the suburban Philadelphia counties.  That’s because some warrants are issued by suburban courts, which can’t enforce them in the city.  All those taken into custody were sent to family court.

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