May 24, 2006


City to hire ex-cons as collection agents

If you have an overdue Chicago parking ticket, water bill or police fine, the next call you get could be from an ex-con telling you to pay up.

Ex-offenders will not be handling cash or credit card information. They will merely be placing phone calls to scofflaws under rigid guidelines established by the Fair Debt Collections Act. If the person on the other end of the phone decides to pay up, the call will be transferred to a payment agent, she said.

"They will not have any access to credit card information or any detailed information on a customer," she said. "Various law firms and collection agencies are doing this now. This will save the city money. Collection costs will be lower. "

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