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(720 ILCS 5/17-5.5)
Unlawful attempt to collect compensated debt against a crime
(a) A person or a vendor commits unlawful attempt to collect
a compensated debt against a crime victim when, with intent to collect funds
for a debt incurred by or on behalf of a crime victim, which debt has been
approved for payment by the Court of Claims under the Crime Victims
Compensation Act, but the funds are involuntarily
withheld from the person or vendor by the Comptroller by virtue of an
outstanding obligation owed by the person or vendor to the State under the
Uncollected State Claims Act, the person or vendor:
(1) communicates with, harasses, or intimidates the
crime victim for payment;
(2) contacts or distributes information to affect the
compensated crime victim's credit rating as a result of the compensated debt; or
(3) takes any other action adverse to the crime
victim or his or her family on account of the compensated debt.
(b) Sentence. Unlawful attempt to collect a compensated debt against a crime victim is
a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) Nothing in this Code prevents the attempt to collect an uncompensated
debt or an uncompensated portion of a compensated debt incurred by or on behalf
of a crime victim and not covered under the Crime Victims Compensation
(d) As used in this Section, "crime victim" means a victim of a violent
crime or applicant
as defined in the Crime Victims Compensation Act. "Compensated debt" means a debt incurred by or on behalf of a
crime victim and approved for payment by the Court of Claims under the Crime
Victims Compensation Act.
(Source: P.A. 96-1551, eff. 7-1-11