Over $2.2m owed in fines

Wangaratta reflects statewide trend of rising warrants

ALMOST one in every 16 people within the Rural City of Wangaratta have a warrant for outstanding fines.

ALMOST one in every 16 people within the Rural City of Wangaratta have a warrant for outstanding fines, and owe more than $2 million.

Figures released by the Sherriff’s Office show that for the 2012/13 financial year, the rural city had 1684 defendants with 5953 outstanding warrants, owing a total of $2,211,849.

The vast majority of warrants are believed to be for unpaid parking and speeding fines, in addition to other civil and criminal warrants.

Almost $15 million is owed by defendants across the North East, mirroring a rising number of unpaid fines statewide.

Sheriff of Victoria, Brendan Facey, said unpaid fines now total more than $1.3 billion.

And he feared too many people are letting their fines get out of control.

“Getting help with your fines is easy…ignoring them will lead to action from the Sheriff’s Office,” he said.

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