Program in Ohio's largest county collects $1 million in delinquent court fines, fees

5/12/2014
ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND — County officials in northeast Ohio say a program aimed at collecting delinquent court fines and fees has netted $1.1 million since August 2012.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald and others issued a statement Monday hailing the collection program.

Officials say the county is owed more than $60 million in uncollected fines and fees dating back to 2002 from civil, criminal, domestic relations and state appellate cases.

Cuyahoga County had initially created an amnesty program for people who owed outstanding fines that would allow them to pay without incurring late fees.

The delinquent fines are being collected by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The office takes the money from state tax returns, lottery winnings and two private collection firms.