Lakewood Clerk of Courts Office admits mistake after haggling with woman over traffic fine

Woman given wrong amount, now owes more

Lakewood Clerk of Courts Office admits mistake after haggling with woman over traffic fine

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - A local woman paid $190 for a ticket she got after a fender-bender, but then she was notified she owed $70 more. This, despite her having a receipt that showed she paid in full.

Woman contesting traffic fine takes fight to Lakewood Police, city court

She had checked the Lakewood court’s online site and learned the fine amount was $190.

Just six days after the accident, she came to the Lakewood Police Department to pay.

“I gave the officer the ticket. He goes: ‘It will be $260.’ I said that’s incorrect--I was just online a couple days ago, it was $190. He goes, ‘Huh, that’s weird.’ And I go, well, I’ll just pay it online.’ He said, ‘I don’t blame you.’”

Initially, Filecia was told that there was a problem with the computer systems at the Lakewood Clerk of Courts Office.

We came and talked to the clerk and found out it was not that, it was human error.

Clerk Christina McCallum checked things out and found a peer forgot to manually change the fine amount.

Filecia said she was told a warrant for her arrest would be issued if she didn’t pay the $260.

Meanwhile, she is writing a letter to Judge Patrick Carroll hoping for relief from a problem that wasn’t her doing. He was off work Tuesday and unavailable for comment.

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