BELLINGHAM — Shea-Ann Rhodefer is the collections clerk for Whatcom County Superior Court, collecting payment of financial obligations ordered in criminal cases.

At year’s end, Rhodefer says, the court will turn over to its collection agency those cases on which no payment has been made, and then collection fees will be added to these accounts as well.

Now is the time to contact the legal financial obligations clerk of Whatcom County Superior Court in order to keep a case from being turned over to the collection agency. With the case number, a payor should contact the clerk at 360-778-5619 or go to the court’s website at www.whatcomcounty.us/782 to make a payment.

If you get a voicemail, Rhodefer says, be prepared to leave your name, telephone number and case number.