Published Thursday, 10 October 2013
This was the first Audit Office report on fine collection. (© Getty)
The Audit Office found that some £20m of penalties remain uncollected in NI.
It raised concerns that some cash paid by defaulters may have been pocketed by officers, instead of being recorded and lodged with the relevant authorities.
Auditor General Kieran Donnelly said there is an ongoing police probe into fraudulent activities within the PSNI.
He continued: "My staff have not been able to obtain sufficient assurance that material fraud or error has not occurred."
The report - which looked at why so many fines remain on the books of the NI Courts and Tribunal Service - described the system used to collect financial penalties here as "archaic", unfit for purpose, and said it undermined the credibility of using fines to deter crime.
Outstanding debt stands at £19.3m - with some penalties dating back more than 30 years, including fixed penalty notices, court orders and confiscation orders.
This is the first time NICTS fine collection was subjected to specific audit office scrutiny.
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