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Money for crime victim compensation diverted

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RALEIGH — 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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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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.

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