Ohio county office seeking to refund $7 million

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ohio's largest county says it has $7 million that it needs to refund to the rightful owners.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH-guh) County clerk of courts said the money is unclaimed refunds for payments to the office over the past three years.

The office has posted a website — http://coc.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/Unapplied-Deposits.aspx — listing the people and organizations that could be owed money. It includes an electronic form to begin the process of making a claim.

The money came from refundable court fees and bond payments made in civil and criminal cases dating to 1986. It was left over after the cases were closed.

The money was discovered last summer during an internal audit of the clerk of courts office. If it's unclaimed after five years, it goes back into the county's general fund.

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