Tippah County to collect court fines

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

RIPLEY – Tippah County is making an aggressive push to collect almost $500,000 in fines and restitution by March 30 that is owed to the circuit court.
Circuit Clerk Randy Graves reported Friday to the Board of Supervisors that he believes $495,593 of more than $1.1 million owed to the circuit court is actually collectible. Fines considered not collectible are those owed by people who remain incarcerated, people who are disabled and unable to work, among others. Graves said his staff is still working on getting valid addresses for people who owe about $119,000 of the collectible amounts.
The sheriff’s office will be serving papers to people who owe the debts, but Graves said he also will publish the list of names and amounts owed in the Southern Sentinel newspaper to spur payments.
Circuit Judge John Gregory will hold a court session on March 30, and anyone who has not met their financial obligation will be required to explain to the judge why they haven’t paid or why they shouldn’t go to jail, Graves said.
The list of names does not include those who are on a payment schedule and are making regular payments, Sheriff Karl Gaillard said.
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