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Audit reveals mismanagement of funds at Franklin County courthouse

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GREENFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A state audit is revealing mismanagement of fees at the Franklin County Superior Courthouse.

According to a report released by State Auditor Suzanne Bump, the court is not properly collecting court-ordered legal counsel fees.

That means the state is not getting all the money it's owed, and some defendants may be getting services they're not qualified for.

The audit also revealed that probation officers instead of judges are often determining when to waive a probationer's monthly fees.

It shows that fees often go uncollected, and there is no consistent measure of community service being completed by probationers.

Bump does say the courthouse has improved some of its practices since the audit began. 

You can read the full report by clicking here

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