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Man Arrested for Owing $131K in Child Support, Cops Say

Long Valley resident taken into custody at municipal building, turned over to Sussex County.

A Long Valley man appearing in court for a prior offense was arrested Thursday when it was learned he owed $131,691.86 in child support, Washington Township Police said.

Frederick Scharnikow, 54, was taken into custody at the Washington Township Municipal Building for an active child support warrant issued by the Sussex County Sheriff Department, Lt. Doug Compton said.

Scharnikow was appearing in court after being charged with obstruction of law, driving while intoxicated, failure to stop, driving while suspended, reckless driving, and maintenance of lamps

Scharnikow was processed at the Washington Township Police Department, but later turned over to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Department, Compton said.

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Diggy October 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
He owes $131,691.86 in child support. "obstruction of law, driving while intoxicated, failure to stop, driving while suspended, reckless driving, and maintenance of lamps" Mr. Scharnikow sounds like a real peach of a guy . . .
Bonnie Russell October 12, 2012 at 06:56 PM
He's right up there with the "Comic Gold" section of www.familylawcourts.com
roger freiday October 13, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Might as well be a Million bucks he owes, no wonder this guy is a loose cannon, he may deserve a TINY bit of sympathy - other than the drunk driving anyway. Judge not, less ye be judged. - -
Diggy October 13, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I'll consider it, Frederick Scharnikow -- Oops! I mean, roger!
Hookerman October 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Yes, I feel very sorry for him that he's expected use his booze money to buy food and clothes for his kids. How unreasonable!
Bonnie Russell October 13, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I've never understood that "Judge not, lest ye be judged," or "let he who is without sin cast not the first stone" thing. Mainly because if practiced, one could use it against all laws. Secondly, there's a difference between a judgment and an observation. The public as well as his family, has observed the guy isn't for a variety of reasons, going to be nominated as Father of the Year. Our choice of Father of Year, every year is Matt Gonsalves. See the lower left, bottom of the page under "Father's rights" below. http://www.familylawcourts.com/fathers_rights.html

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