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Old Tickets from Christmases Past Haunt Georgians
Old Tickets from Christmases Past Haunt Georgians

If you've ever gotten a traffic ticket in Dekalb County you could be in for quite a surprise. People who paid their traffic tickets years ago are getting notices in the mail that they'd better come in again and pay them again. 

"I have the proof I have the legal documentation and yet I was arrested for it," LaToya Salley told the Center for Investigative Action about an old ticket for not wearing a seat belt. She was arrested while on an unrelated traffic stop for failing to appear on that ticket.

She is not alone.  Dozens of people inside the DeKalb County Recorders Court were there fighting old tickets that they'd already paid. They'd come in because they'd received notices stating that they failed to appear and if they didn't pay up, they'd lose their license.

"We're already paid how can you prove it after so many years," Bella Fishman said about an old speeding ticket her husband received in 2003.  

We are still trying to get to the bottom of it to determine what  went wrong and where the money went, but Chief Judge of the Recorders Court, Nellie Whithers sent us this statement:

"If anyone has a receipt for DeKalb County Recorders Court or if our records show a payment, they do not have to pay again. We have also established a procedure for citizens to ask to see a judge when they come in at the end of each morning and afternoon calendar every day of the week that court is in session to address these issues. Citizens are allowed to fill out a request to see a judge that day and a thorough review of the case is made."

Chief Judge Nellie Whiters