As a part of the plea agreement reached between Knapp's attorney and prosecutors, she had to pay
The goal, prosecutors said at the time, was to get as much money back to the museum as possible.
Since that initial payment of
Knapp also owes more than
Knapp, who was sentenced in
During the course of her eight-month stint in prison, the clerk's office received a few checks to go toward Knapp's court and restitution payments from the
Since her release, Knapp has contacted the clerk's office to notify them she has not been able to find a job and was having trouble paying her monthly payment of
If Knapp pays every monthly payment when its due, she will finish paying back the museum in 63 years -- at age 116.
The former museum director contacted the clerk's office a few weeks ago and said she expected to send her first payment by
While authorities suspected Knapp was responsible for the disappearance of a much larger amount, the museum's finances were so disorganized prosecutors said they could not definitely prove she stole more than
Since Knapp's arrest, which followed the 2011 realization that the museum's
If Knapp fails to pay her ordered court payments three months in a row, her bill, along with anyone else's who fails to make required court payments, will be sent to collections.
A collections agency was not always how
About four years ago,
Meyer said the method was not very effective as it created a "revolving door" of people going in and out of jail.
Now, instead of facing jail time, the bills get sent over to the collection agency who then go after the people who are behind on their court payments, Brack said.
Brack said they do see quite a bit of money from collection agencies.
"It's just too bad it has to go that route," she said.
Brack said the clerk's office tries to work with people who are attempting to make their payments.
"It's a mixed bag as far as what we see," she said. "We see people who try, people who don't care, and people who just kind of vanish."
For those few who manage to pay off their court fees, after their final payment, those individuals can come into the court and ask the judge to waive the interest, which accumulates at 1 percent a month.
While the interest on the court fees can be waived, the interest on the restitution cannot, Brack said.
Meyer said a surprising number of people manage to pay off their court fees.
Despite those who do pay off their court fees, there are a few who will likely never be able to pay off the amount they owe.
While Knapp had a short prison sentence, which gives her the possibility of paying off some of her court fees, many felons who will likely never be released, like convicted murderers
Riffe owes more than
Meyer said despite the fact that Riffe and Booth will likely never be able to pay the amount they owe, judges ordered them to pay court fees and restitution.
"You just never know what might happen," Meyer said.
They might receive a large inheritance or write a book that brings in a large amount of money.
Also, Meyer said many inmates in
Even if it brings a small sum of money, it is better than nothing, Meyer said.
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