- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Officials say Ohio’s most populous county has lost more than $1 million by repeatedly failing to meet deadlines for state reimbursement of court-appointed attorneys.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (https://bit.ly/1JmPHgh ) Cuyahoga County’s losses date back to 2008 and are estimated at $150,000 to $350,000 a year.

Under state guidelines, counties are supposed to send court-appointed attorney bills to Columbus each month. The Ohio Public Defender Office reimburses 40 percent of all properly submitted bills.

Records show Cuyahoga County’s bills have been habitually late, despite efforts from state officials to outline the problems and suggestions.

County Fiscal Officer Dennis Kennedy says he became aware of the problem when he took office in March. Kennedy plans to hire additional staff and meet with court and state officials to deal with the issue.

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Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, https://www.cleveland.com

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