Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2021-06-11 18:53:13 –
Pittsburgh (KDKA) — Pennsylvania Auditor Timothy Defloor announced at a press conference in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday that the state was worth more than $ 500,000.
He said the money was to come from a clerk in the Washington County Courthouse.
“These programs need to work within the limits of the law,” says De Foor.
This did not happen in Washington County’s alternative decision program between 2016 and 2019, DeFoor said. Office audits found that some defendants avoided paying fines, costs, fees, and surcharges by agreeing to implement community services and receiving time credits. It was issued.
“During the four-year audit period, we identified more than 3,400 cases of this type of adjustment, which is equivalent to more than $ 1.5 million in fines and fees that were not previously collected,” De Foor said. Stated.
Of that total, DeFoor said more than $ 513,000 should have been paid to the state.
“This is important because it is funded by defendants’ support victim services, such as domestic violence programs and training for law enforcement agencies throughout the state,” said De Foor.
DeFoor said the current court clerk was not negligent. It is the judge who made the adjustments without following the proper procedure. DeFoor said this is something that needs to happen before the fine can be cancelled.
“There is a process. A hearing to determine someone’s eligibility takes place in front of the judge. That process never happened,” DeFoor said. “Judges often exempt defendants who work full-time or pay fees in other ways.”
In the meantime, this will never happen again, as the auditors are asking for changes.
“Our auditors recommend that the county review alternative sentencing programs to ensure that they operate in compliance with the law,” said De Foor.
KDKA’s Amy Wadas has contacted President John Disar’s office in Washington County. His office did not comment and introduced KDKA to the Pennsylvania Court Administration Office. KDKA is still waiting for a reply.
The audit also includes the results of seven other findings, including confirmation of the mayor’s audit, which found more than $ 97,000 in fraudulently misappropriated funds from the Secretariat.
In October 2020, former court clerk Frank Scandale was found guilty of theft, sentenced to seven years of probation, and ordered to pay compensation.
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