Attorney's on AVVO generally recommend the civil fine/penalty not be paid.
Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)
I am a criminal defense attorney practicing in Nassau, Suffolk and New York City. The above information is not a substitution for a meeting whereas all potential legal issues can be discussed.
I agree with Mr. Piccolo. They must sue you and win. Requesting payment does not obligate you to make this payment. Time and resources are needed to sue you and for this amount that is a headache not to mention that once they receive a judgement assuming they do there is still the problem of collecting and that is another quagmire. Good luck and if this proves to be the best answer please say so.
See an attorney It could be a civil case for damages. A letter or two by an attorney could make them go away.
This is not legal advise. Office visit for a free consult is needed.