Jason Troff was convicted in 1997 of setting fire to a McDonald's in Salt Lake City. The court sentenced him to probation and $239,696 in restitution. As a term of his probation, he began paying installments of $100 a month to the state, which disbursed that money to the owner of the McDonald's. At the end of his probation, the court instructed him to make payments directly to the victim.
Troff eventually paid off about $8,000. But in 2003, he filed for bankruptcy and asked the court to excuse the rest of his debt. The Utah bankruptcy court let Troff off the hook for the remaining $232,000.