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Debtors Named and Shamed on Public Website

Friday, April 27, 2018 - Posted by Michael McCulloch

A public State Government website has named and shamed 4,000 Tasmanians who have outstanding parking, Court fines and infringement notices.

Section 65 (1) of the Monetary Penalties Enforcement Act 2005 allows the State of Tasmania to publish the name, address and details of persons who have an unpaid debt where payment has not been received in full, entered into an approved repayment arrangement or satisifed the debt by other means. The site contains a link to download an Excel spreadsheet which is updated weekly.

With $61 million owing to the State of Tasmania drastic steps are being taken to obtain payment. The highest unpaid debt is $1.2 million owed by David Wei Meng Lee, convicted in 2016 of abalone trafficking. More than 7,225 Australian are currently listed with other enforcement action being taken to recover funds such as suspension of drivers' licences, suspension of car registration, Redirection of Money Owed Orders and Seizure and Sale of Assets.

The Monetary Penalties Enforcement Service ("MPES"), who is responsible for debt recovery for the Courts, Police, Local Government and Public Sector, issued 27,387 sanctions in the last year, an incease of 5,252 more than the last year.

Source: Illawarra Mercury - April 2018

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