A judge has reduced bail for a former New Hampshire legislator who owes thousands in fines, telling him to flip burgers if he has to to earn money to start repaying his debt.
Even with bail reduced from $9,000 to $1,000, Jim Ryan failed to bail himself out of Carroll County jail this week. And the judge said if Ryan does not make bail by the end of the month, he will begin raising the amount each month.
Ryan has been jailed since August over $9,000 in unpaid fines from a 1991 forgery conviction.
Prosecutor Susan Boone said Ryan told Judge Peter Fauver he was holding off paying until he could land a teaching job at Keene State or New England College. Boone said the judge told Ryan the nonpayment has gone on too long and that Ryan could shovel snow or work at McDonald's to earn the money.
Fauver ordered Ryan to begin paying the fine with monthly payments of $250, beginning Nov. 1.