Amscot Financial Partners With Polk County Clerk of Court's Office to Collect Traffic Fine Payments

Oct 07, 2010, 14:30 ET from Amscot Financial

TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, said today it will begin collecting traffic fine payments on behalf of the Polk County Clerk of Court's office.  

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Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 12, individuals wishing to pay Polk County traffic fines in person may visit any of Amscot's 174 branches, located in 15 counties. Customers need only to bring in their payments and a record of their traffic infraction. Amscot charges a $2.50 convenience fee for the service. Amscot collects and aggregates the funds and automatically transfers them into the Clerk of the Court's accounts.

The service allows individuals who prefer to make payments in person to take advantage of Amscot's convenient hours and locations. All Amscot branches are open seven days a week, 365 days a year. Roughly one-third of Amscot's branches are open 24 hours a day; the balance open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 or 10 p.m.

Amscot has 12 branches in Polk County, in locations such as Bartow, Winter Haven, Lake Wales, Auburndale, Lakeland and Haines City. Two 24-hour locations are available, at 111 Cypress Garden Boulevard in Winter Haven and at 614 E. Memorial Boulevard in Lakeland.

Amscot has been collecting bill payments and traffic fines since 2005. Today, Amscot takes traffic fines and court payments for clerks of the court in Orange, Brevard, Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee counties. Amscot also acts as a bill payment agent for utilities and local governments such as the city of Bartow, Lakeland Electric, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Orlando Utilities Commission, TECO, Progress Energy and Bright House.

"We are pleased to offer alternate payment locations for the convenience of those wishing to make payments in person," said Richard M. Weiss, Polk County Clerk of Court.

"We are very proud to be working with the Polk County Clerk of the Court," said Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. "We offer this service because consumers want to be able to make their payments on their own time and at a location convenient to them."

Founded in 1989, Amscot Financial employs more than 2,500 associates who work at the company's 174 retail branches and at the company's corporate headquarters in Tampa. The company currently operates retail locations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee, Sarasota, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia and Brevard counties.

Amscot Financial is The Money Superstore™, offering an array of convenience-oriented financial services, including the cashing of personal checks, out-of-state checks

and government checks; cash advances; Western Union wire transfers, notary services,

pre-paid debit cards, free money orders income tax preparation. Amscot Financial also allows customers to make bill payments to more than 200 different utilities, municipal governments, cable and telephone companies.

About Amscot Financial

Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., Amscot Financial is a leading provider of income tax preparation and electronic filing services, refund anticipation loans, prepaid debit cards, check cashing services, cash advance services, bill payment services, money transfer services and money orders through its wholly owned division, Amscot International Money Order Company.  Amscot also offers the Amscot Card, a pre-paid debit card that allows owners to make purchases from any location that accepts MasterCard™. Amscot Financial currently operates 174 tax preparation offices and 174 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs more than 2,000 people. Amscot Financial has been recognized by the Tampa Bay Business Journal as one of Tampa Bay's Best Places to Work for four consecutive years. For additional information, please visit the company's Web site at www.amscot.com.

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