NEW YORK (AP) — A day after The Associated Press reported the Kushner family firm owes over a half-million dollars in fines to New York City, an official is calling for a probe into the larger problem of why a whopping $1.5 billion in fines has gone uncollected from landlords and others across the city.

Councilman Ritchie Torres has sent a letter to the Department of Investigation calling for a probe into the city's "embarrassingly inept" collection efforts. He says part of the problem is that if fines go unpaid for eight years, they are wiped off the books.

As for the Kushner fines, the AP report says most happened when presidential adviser Jared Kushner was CEO. The Kushner Cos. says many of its fines were the fault of tenants in its buildings.