Having money no fun for Orr
Morgan circuit clerk wants to 'recuperate' before release of additional list of recipients
By Sheryl Marsh
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Morgan County Circuit Clerk John Pat Orr said he and employees are still sifting through a list of 259 people and businesses whose $11,500 he's been holding for more than five years.
That is the reason he said Wednesday that he will not release a computer printout of public records showing the names of more than 1,050 people and businesses whose money he's had for less than five years. The amount of money on that list totals more than $200,000 according to a recent audit of his office.
"We've first got to recuperate from this one," Orr said, of calls and visits the office received after The Daily ran the list of 259 people and businesses owed money the longest. "We need time to process claims and try to find those on the list that's over five years."
Amounts owed on the list the newspaper printed range from a penny to $1,625 for Lawrence Abbott.
State examiners listed findings in Orr's recent audit that showed he had checks that he had not disbursed dating to 1995. Orr said the money includes restitution and child support payments as well as other court associated fees.
He said checks he issued were returned mainly because of mailing addresses that had changed. Also, he said some people received checks but did not cash them. Wal-Mart, Pizza Hut, Marvin's Inc., Dillard's, Compass Bank and District Judge Shelly Waters were among businesses and people the office could not locate on the oldest list.
The law allows Orr's office to hold the unclaimed money for five years. Then, he must forward it to the County Commission office where it will stay seven years. After that, the money goes to the county's General Fund.
If you believe Orr might have money for you, call 351-4790. His main office is on the fourth floor of the courthouse on Lee Street. The first list can be found on the newspaper Web site. Click on archives and go to Sept. 30.
The Daily plans to run the second list of recipients as a reader service when Orr releases the names.
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