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By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An audit says North Carolina loses millions of dollars every year because it doesn’t have adequate resources or policies to collect fines from traffic cases and criminal offenses.

The report from the state auditor estimates that in 2008, the state lost more than $40 million by failing to collect fees, fines and restitution in court cases.

The auditors say the state Judicial Department has antiquated computers and doesn’t use all the tools at its disposal to collect the money. The report says the department can’t even say how much money is owed in total by offenders.

Agency director Judge John Smith rejects the audit’s conclusions. He says the department should be complimented for performing well with limited resources.

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