Published: Jul 29, 2011 6:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 29, 2011 5:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Ethics Commission has drawn the line on writing off old financial disclosure fines.
    
The panel on Friday refused to give up on collecting more than $15,000 in fines levied in 2002 from 15 people still holding public jobs or offices.
    
The commissioners exempted them from a motion to write off about $165,000 in fines owed by 137 other violators.
    
That's on top of about $200,000 in fines the panel wrote off last month.
    
The statute of limitations - four or five years depending on the case - has run out on those cases.
    
And collection agencies hired by the state have been unable to collect the fines that range from $25 to $1,500.
    
The commission plans to alert the scofflaws' agencies that they still haven't paid up.

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