May 29, 2014 6:45 PM
Tehama County authorities arrest four people this morning for not paying child support.
Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen said the sweep was headed up by his office's Bureau of Investigation.
They were assisted by Corning Police and the Tehama County Sheriff's Office.
The sweep targeted 10 people, who collectively owe more than $285,000 dollars in back child support.
Four people were arrested, and one remains in jail.
Cohen noted that there are more than 3,300 cases in back child support in Tehama County, and of those, only 57% are paying.
The 10 subjects specifically refused to comply with child support obligations, and the Child Support Commissioner's orders by not showing up in court.
“There was a chance to impress upon the commissioner the ability to pay, the amount they could pay,” Cohen said. “So in looking at this from the point of view from a law and order stance, I mean they've had their day in court, there's been a lawful order, and they need to comply.”
Cohen encouraged any parent that's not paying child support to come forward to Child Support Services to avoid arrests, adding that more arrests are expected.
Investigators say it's been about 15 years since something like this was carried out, when the DA’s Office still oversaw child support services.
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