It’s a fine old mess – $644m in uncollected penalties shows crime does pay

February 20, 2012

The Southland Times today reports on police arresting a bloke in Queenstown for driving while prohibited and for the non-payment of $8000 in fines.

The Manawatu Standard a week or so ago reported that Palmerston North criminals owe more than $13 million in court fines, and one offender is owing almost $100,000.

He hasn’t made a payment in almost five years.

Moreover (as of November 30) $2.5m is owed directly to victims of crime in the form of reparation.

In other words, offenders who are fined can just keep the money in their wallets and get off scot free.

And if they don’t have to pay for their crimes…?

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