You fork over the cash to pay some parking fines and get a receipt. The next thing you know, the city is dunning you for the money again because the clerk pocketed your payment and was last seen in Rio de Janeiro. Because the erstwhile trusted public servant didn't put the money in the municipal bank account, the city says you must pay again.
It's that kind of maddening illogic that flows from the stand of Baltimore prosecutors in refusing to return money seized in a drug arrest a year ago. They agreed to return the money to a Florida man given probation on drug distribution charges, then reneged because the funds were stolen by a Maryland Toll Facilities officer who originally confiscated the cash during the arrest. The officer later committed suicide.
We never actually got the money, so we don't have to return it, the state's attorney told the accused. The prosecutor told the judge the toll police wouldn't keep the court-approved accord to give back the $3,100.