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CLEVELAND – There is $7 million in unapplied funds that remain on deposit in the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Court's office.

Some of these funds were put on deposit as far back as the 1990's, according to Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald.

The public can visit Unapplied Funds database to search for more than $7 million in criminal bonds, civil bonds, and fees that have not been returned after their initial deposit.

You can then complete an electronic form on the same page.

FitzGerald says staff in the County Clerk of Courts office will respond within 4-6 weeks of a claim being submitted.

Over the past year, the County Clerk of Courts office has combed through decades of paper and electronic records to determine the final amount of unapplied funds on deposit.

After deduplicating records and, in some cases, applying funds on deposit towards the payment of other costs already owed to the county by an individual, it was determined that a total of more than $7 million remains on deposit.

In order to prevent similar forms of negligence in the future, the County Clerk of Courts will be required to post a list of unapplied funds on deposit each January for the public to review, FitzGerald said.

Any funds posted online will be transferred to the County Treasury after 31 days. If still unclaimed after a period of five years, these funds will be moved to the Cuyahoga County General Fund so they can be used to provide effective, quality services for residents.

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