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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