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The Union County Sheriff’s department has conducted a child support sweep and arrested 15 people for failure to pay child support for arrears totaling $419,890.42, NJ.com is reporting.

Members of the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division-Family Violence Unit conducted the sweep in UnionLindenRahwayRoselle and Hillside, according to Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan.

As a result of their investigation, an additional seven people surrendered to the Sheriff’s Office for arrears totaling $171,792.98, Cryan said.

“Time and time again we are seeing parents struggle because someone has shirked their responsibility,” Cryan said in a release. “We want to send a message that if you are not paying your obligation for child support, we will pursue you and we will catch you. If this type of enforcement coerces other parents to pay what they owe, it is worth it.”

The round-up was led by Family Violence Unit Commander Lt. Jeffery Coon and Unit Supervisor Sgt. Clifford Meros. All the arrests were made without incident.

Those who were arrested were committed to the Union County Jail pending a Superior Court appearance, Cryan said. The people who surrendered were processed and brought for a Superior Court appearance, he said.

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