Ohioans haunted by old traffic fines

COLUMBUS, OH About 1,000 people have contacted officials in southeast Ohio's Hocking County this week to say they've heard from a collection agency about tickets already resolved, in some cases as far back as 20 years ago.

Municipal Court Clerk Michele Bell said Tuesday that a glitch that occurred in 1999, when the court changed data systems. The problem surfaced amid the county's ongoing efforts to recover outstanding debts and bolster its budget.

About 10,000 debt-collection letters went out last week. Bell says she's not sure how many were sent by mistake and how many went to people who still owe money.

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