Utah Criminals Owe Victims $51 Million

Utah Criminals Owe Victims $51 Million

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Utah criminals owe their victims 51-point-three (M)million dollars in court-ordered restitution. Corrections officials say they have paid about five-point-two (M)million dollars of that.

The biggest debtor is Wayne R. Ogden, who owes about six (M)million dollars from a 1997 Ponzi scheme.

Chris Mitchell, director of administrative services, says collecting restitution is difficult.

Mitchell says the debtors generally are in low-wage positions, don't have high skills and have high job turnover.

As of July 16th, Department of Corrections records indicated five-thousand, 497 offenders owed restitution to five-thousand, 402 victims.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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