Attorney General Offers To Help Crime Victims On Compensation

North Carolina's attorney general said his office will help crime victims reclaim the restitution money they were entitled to get that was instead diverted to state and local governments.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday that crime victims can expect his office to help with the process of making sure they were paid what they were due. Cooper spokeswoman Noelle Talley said a unit inside Cooper's office will work with court administrators to recover the money.

A 1998 state law put crime victims first in line to receive any restitution money paid by probationers, parolees and prisoners. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported this weekend that millions of dollars instead went to state and local treasuries over the past ten years.

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  • by To Reality Check on Jul 14, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    When criminals are placed on probation, they pay all fees monthly at a rate set by the probation officer.For instance, if a defendant receives a 24 month sentence, his/her payments are divided into 20 equal payments. Reason why? The defendant is not responsible for a payment for at least 30 days and they need to have all payments paid in full 2-3 months before the probationary period terminates. Please look at the following example. Defendant owes $350.00 to you(victim) 24 months of supervision fees at $30.00 per month ($720) a Community service fee ($200.00) cost of court ($110.00) Attorney fees ($400.00).Grand total? $1780.00! Now divide this total by 20 months and you get approximately $90.00 per month. Now for the first 5 months the defendant pays the $90.00 per month which totals $450.00. Now, if the proper paperwork was completed by the probation office or the clerks office, the first monies collected SHOULD HAVE BEEN PAID TO THE VICTIM! Unfort. the victim is the last one paid!
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:58 AM
    To Read The Article First in Wilson: Go to the attorney general's website and read about the program. You'll see what I mean about tax payer funded payouts to victims. Stop relying on the AG's press releases as the sole source of your info.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2009 at 04:16 PM
    Innocent people should get the money. I was to receive restitution from a stolen vehicle in 1998! Still haven't seen that money but the theif is out and about everyday!
  • by read the article first Location: wilson on Jul 13, 2009 at 02:23 PM
    The money is paid by probationers/paroles/prisoners. it was supposed to go to thw victim before paying of fines,court cost etc... Now they are taking the law from 1998 and actually instituting it...
  • by crazy in nc Location: nc on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    BUT look at the ones like me that was took for 750 dollars on items i took in on a pawn 3 years later and still hasnt recieved not a dime but i still feel if bev has anyting to do with it i wont get a dime
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    When you look at Cooper's photo, combined with the text of this article, you would think this is a paid campaign advertisement. Since when is the public's job to give money to crime victims? Shouldn't the criminal or criminal's estate(or family) compensate the victim? Why am I being taxed to compensate crime victims? The truth is, most violent crime victims are not 100% removed from criminal activity themselves.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 13, 2009 at 12:44 PM
    The victim should not get anything if they are a known gang member, or were doing something to cause their getting injured in the first place.

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