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Thousands to Be Reimbursed by Shelby County for Garnishments

Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been sitting in Shelby County's bank account for more than ten years and some of that money may belong to you.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been sitting in Shelby County's bank account for more than ten years and some of that money may belong to you.

Shelby County General Sessions Court Clerk Edward Stanton, Jr. says more than two thousand people have been overpaying on wage garnishment judgments and it's time that money is returned.

Stanton says it's going to be "Christmas in the summertime" for those that receive the checks. He told abc24.com, "It's certainly important that we give citizens of Shelby County the money we've been holding."

The county has been holding nearly $300,000 in its general fund. "I had no idea it was that much," Stanton said.

Adrienne Evans, Director of Finance for General Sessions, said the problem came "when a person has a garnishment, the employer issued a check at the same time the court issued a stay."

Evans said instead of staying with the county, that money should have been given back.

According to Evans the biggest check is $1,100; most people will get between fifty and a hundred dollars back.

The first checks were mailed June 8.

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