Money Meant for Crime Victims Being Put Into State Fund
Updated: Friday, August 2 2013, 09:22 PM EDT
A Fox45 investigation has revealed that millions of dollars meant for crime victims is being put into a state fund at the expense of taxpayers.
Fox 45 uncovered millions of dollars in restitution the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services has failed to disburse to crime victims.
Documents Fox 45 obtained show $400,000 was placed in a government fund last month instead of being disbursed. As we started to investigate, we uncovered millions of dollars in what's known by insiders as the "suspense fund".
This news comes as a $15 million dollar case management system is being installed that was purchased a few years ago.
The system is supposed to revolutionize how offenders are tracked. But, there's a problem - the offender case management system doesn't transfer collection data to the department's accounting system, which tracks the collection and disbursement of fines, costs, fees and restitution funds.
The offender case management system is already $500,000 over budget and behind schedule.
A spokeswoman told Fox45 there are a number of factors contributing to the money sitting the suspense fund. Among the issues are victims who don't update their information.
Offenders have also been affected. Often, restitution has been paid but it's not in the system. Those cases end up in collection.
Documents show DPP has a collection rate of 9%.