MOUNT VERNON — Fewer applicants will be eligible for the Knox County Common Pleas Court diversion program, following new rules that put a cap on restitution.

To meet eligibility for diversion, the economic loss by the victim must be less than $7,500 — the cut-off for a fifth degree felony theft offense. That means that anyone convicted of a fourth-degree felony or higher will not be eligible for diversion, and will not have a shot at paying back restitution in lieu of criminal prosecution.

Previously, there was no limit to the amount of restitution.

 

Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or nsabo@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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