Thousands owed court refunds in northeastern Ohio

CLEVELAND (AP) — A northeastern Ohio court clerk’s office says it owes anywhere from $10 to $1,000 to tens of thousands of people because of a decades-old error.

The clerk’s office in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County said it owes people $23 million in refundable court fees and bond payments in cases dating back to the 1980s.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/10kqDAO ) reports that the money should have been returned years ago. But county workers did not send notifications and many people didn’t know they were entitled to refunds. Auditors found the extra cash recently in a clerk’s office account.

Court Clerk Andrea Rocco says the names of people who are owed money will be posted online at coc.cuyahogacounty.us and in her office in several months. The average refund will likely be less than $100.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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