CLEVELAND (AP) -- A former Ohio court clerk questioned about alleged courtroom bribes reportedly handled nine cases in which fines imposed by judges were recorded as dismissed.
The Cleveland Municipal Court deputy clerk, who was fired after police questioned her, hasn't been charged. The fines in question from last year total nearly $3,000.
Cleveland police are investigating. Their investigation began when a man said he paid $200 in bribes to make $400 in fines go away.
Court administrators have reconfigured courtrooms so judges can watch clerks entering fines in computer data bases.
The Plain Dealer says it identified suspected cases by reviewing more than one million computerized docket entries. The newspaper says it was unable to contact the former clerk in question.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com