Money For Crime Victim Compensation Diverted

Millions of dollars intended to compensate North Carolina crime victims has been diverted over the past ten years and instead gone to state and local treasuries.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that, in 1998, the General Assembly put crime victims first in line to receive money paid by probationers, parolees and prisoners. Judges often require people to pay fees after they are convicted.

Instead, officials at the Administrative Office of the Courts interpreted the law to put crime victims third in line, behind fees for probation and community service. An incorrect computer setting compounded that error and moved crime victims to sixth in line.

The new director of the AOC issued a directive ordering a reprogramming of the court's computers to automatically fix the problem.


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  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jul 13, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    Guess this little mistake will make our taxes go up to cover the lost revenew
  • by Tim Location: Washington, NC on Jul 13, 2009 at 11:32 AM
    I worked as a Probation/Parole Officer for ten years with the State of NC. The Beaufort County supervisors and upper management were aware that the judgments were stacked in the favor of the CONVICTED CRIMINALS should their probation be revoked. The supervisors were more concerned about monthly supervision fees, adding drug testing to judgments, collecting community service work fees, etc.......not collecting and applying monies paid by defendants to innocent victims (restitution) first! If the public only knew what goes on with The DOC they would be outraged. This agency is full of political hacks.
  • by Sam Location: Over Yonder on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:34 AM
    Not surprising! I am sure some of that money goes right back in the hands of these corrupt politicians. I would expect there was something intentional that was being done to make this look accidental. I think Cletus is right. Get the SBI and the FBI on this.
  • by Cletus Location: New Bern on Jul 13, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Now do we really believe this was a mistake? Do we need to find out who was responsible for this "error"? Sure Do. Someone made the determination. SBI needs to investigate and find out where the money really went. I'll bet there is more to this than meets the eye.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jul 13, 2009 at 07:42 AM
    Yea, it was the computer's fault. Sure. Exactly. There is no accountability anymore.
  • by kane on Jul 12, 2009 at 07:41 PM
    I wonder where Jon Edwards could be?
  • by P on Jul 12, 2009 at 04:27 PM
    Where are the checks and balances? Duhh
  • by DISGRUNTLED CITIZEN Location: AYDEN on Jul 12, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    NOW, IS ANYONE REALLY SUPRISED BY THIS REVELATION? WHENEVER THE GOVERNMENT GETS ITS GRIMEY LITTLE PAWS ON MONIES, IT THINKS THAT IT BELONGS TO THEM. HAVE YOU EVER TRIED TO GET MONEY THAT IS DUE YOU ROM THE GOVERNMENT?
  • by g-man Location: greenvile on Jul 12, 2009 at 03:21 PM
    what a joke
  • by mike Location: hamilton on Jul 12, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    The state should have to pay this money back to the citizens@ a rate of 21% interest starting from the day that the person was ordered to pay it.This is an intentional mistake.Just more money for the state to spend on useless programs.
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