Philadelphia’s City Controller is critical of the court system’s handling of those checks given out for jury duty.
City Controller Alan Butkovitz said more than $91,000 in uncollected jury checks from one year ago were never transferred to the unclaimed monies fund. He says another 187,000 in checks were transferred between six months and a year behind schedule. Primitive accounting practices, he said, are partially to blame.
“If you don’t know there’s $250,000 worth of uncashed checks out there you can’t take precautions from people converting them stealing them all of that,” said Butkovitz. “This is rampant there’s a continuous use of manual posting rather than the technology that is available for it.”
The controller said adding machine tapes are used to keep track of the outstanding checks. In a computer world, the adding machine should be extinct, he said.
In a written response to the report, a First Judicial District representative said it is depositing all unclaimed monies as well as working to create an electronic filing system.