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N4T Investigators: Unfair Interest?

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After months of struggle Jaclyn Sanchez says she felt like she was finally getting a break.

Then she saw the court bill.

"It caught me so off guard, it kinda pulled the rug out from under me," said Sanchez.

Sanchez says it all started after she sold a piece of property near Marana.

During the sales process, Sanchez says she got a notice that she owed nearly $5,000 in court fines plus around $2,000 in interest payments.

"I knew I owed the $5,000 and was working on a payment system, the interest was a complete surprise though. I felt betrayed by the system and I also felt like it was time to rally," said Sanchez.

News 4 Tucson Investigators found out a Pima County Superior Court judge also had some questions about the interest payment as well.

According to court records, a judge ordered court officials to give Sanchez the $2,000 back after finding "there is no starting date, and there is no statutory basis for the interest."

Pima County Court officials declined to comment on the judge's ruling, saying that the court does not comment on judge's decisions.

Sanchez says she now worried that what happened to her might have happened to someone else.

"If they were taxing me 10% what about the other people that are in my position or potentially worse off. The financial hardship is just incredible," said Sanchez.

Court officials say Arizona law does allow for the charging of interest.

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