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Comptroller and sheriff combine forces to arrest deadbeat dads

What do you get when you combine the county comptroller’s audits with the sheriff’s power of arrest?

Six apprehensions occurred Thursday stemming from Erie County Family Court warrants for failing to pay thousands of dollars in child support.  The arrests were announced during a news conference Friday at the Sheriff’s Office.

The arrests were part of a 15th annual countywide sweep involving the Family Court Warrant Unit, the sheriff’s Civil Enforcement Division, and patrol deputies.

“Although my Family Court Warrant Unit is active throughout the year, these sweeps concentrate on some of our worst offenders to bring them in front of the courts and ensure the individual is living up to his or her responsibility to their children,” Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said. “These operations help the families and the taxpayers by bringing deadbeat dads and moms to justice.”

Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw Jr. added his office aims to “make deadbeat parents accountable” through audits.

“We are sending a clear message to deadbeats that stiff their families: we will find you. And you will pay,” he said. “Yesterday’s raid is the culmination of the process we audited.”

Arrested on Family Court warrants were: Daniel Sokolofsky, 53, of Kenmore; Kevin L. Williams, 41, of Buffalo; Anthony Ross, 62, of Buffalo; Xavier Boney, 24, of Buffalo; Andrew R. Walter Sr., 42, of Angola; and Luis A. Pirela, 40, of Buffalo.

The Sheriff’s Office said it participated in the annual National Family Violence Apprehension Sweep along with more than 400 other law enforcement agencies across the country.

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