How did you spend Father’s Day?
For Evergreen Park business owner Cleveland Keys Jr., 46, of the 1200 block of West 90th Street in Chicago, the holiday wasn’t all about ties, mugs and sentimental cards. Keys and 80 other men in the Chicago area were swept up in “Operation Deadbeat Dads,” a two-week sting conducted by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office's Child Support Enforcement Unit to track down men who failed to pay more than $1.5 million collectively in child support.
“It’s particularly troubling to think that even on Father’s Day—a day intended to honor one of the two most important people in a child’s life—there are men continuously shirking their duties and failing to provide basic financial assistance for their children,” Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart said.
The Sheriff’s Office said Keys owes $213,677.41, the highest amount of all the men arrested during the sweep.
The owner of a barbershop in Evergreen Park, Keys was picked up by an undercover officer Tuesday. The officer stopped by the shop for a haircut to find out when Keys would be around.
“I’m happy that our office is sending a message to all deadbeat parents—support your kids, or we’re coming after you,” said Dart.
The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said it continues to seek other deadbeat parents. Officials are people with information on anyone wanted for failure to pay child support to call 1-800-447-4278. For more information on offenders, visit the Sheriff’s Office website.