Settlement check monies used to pay fines in Riverton, Lander municipal courts

(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Director of the City of Riverton’s Administrative Services Division said that since the settlement checks for the Northern Arapaho Tribe arrived this week, business has been brisk at the municipal court clerk’s office. “On Wednesday we received a total of $20,000 in paid fines, in $100 bills alone,” she said. “That was in addition to $6,000 in lesser amounts. On Thursday we collected another $9,000 in fines making the two day total $35,000.” The usual monthly total for the Riverton court is around $13,000.

The story was similar in Lander.

Lander City Treasurer Charri Laura said that on Wednesday the city court received roughly a month’s worth fines paid in just that one day. In total, $6,500 in fines were paid back, she said. The next day, another $2,260 came in, making the two day total $8,760. Laura noted that normal month in fines for the city is between $6,000 and $9,000.

She also said the court had received a number of calls from individuals saying they would come in by the end of the week to pay their fines.