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Virginia fails to collect $170 million in court fines and fees

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Virginia loses about $170 million a year because its local courts routinely fail to collect nearly half of all the fines and fees they levy against criminals and traffic-ticket scofflaws, a state audit shows. The Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts found that circuit and district courts across the state assess a total of about $357 million a year in fines and court costs, but they can...