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Audit: Uncollected fines cost Va. $171 million annually

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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Half of the fines brought against people in Virginia’s court system go unpaid, according to a state audit.

The Associated Press reports that these uncollected fines cost the Commonwealth about $171 million every year.

The state auditor’s report said that court clerks and local prosecutors do not have the staff and resources to put more time towards collecting fines.

The report said those impacted run the gamut from traffic offenders or criminals ordered to pay restitution.