District Attorney works to get restitution money from criminals

By: Rayne McKenzie Email
By: Rayne McKenzie Email

In the past 8 months investigators have collected more than 300-thousand dollars to benefit victims of violent crimes and their families.

Criminals behind on restitution payments in Houston and Henry counties may find themselves back behind bars.

Henry and Houston county district attorney Doug Valeska said, “Our position is if they are on parole judge their probation should be revoked because they've willfully not paid and they've had a job. We all have expenses but that restitution should come first. "

District attorney Doug Valeska is working to make sure convicted criminals pay the money they owe.

Valeska said, "Since June we've collected more than 300-thousand dollars in restitution for victims."

The money goes directly toward helping victims and their families heal.

Valeska said, "The bottom line is we want to help our victims we want to make them whole, if they go to prison when they come out we watch them to make sure when they come out and are released if they owe restitution if the parole board lets us know we hunt them up."

Valeska says there are few acceptable excuses for not paying up.

Valeska said, “because the economy is tougher people think they don't have to pay or they can use the excuse that they lost their jobs and our answer is simply, you haven't even paid 5 dollars."

If you are a victim or victim's family member and have not received restitution money you may contact your local district attorney's office. In Houston and Henry county that number is 677-4894.

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