BOSTON (AP) — Boston is moving against landlords accused of illegal dumping.

The city has issued tickets for 48,000 violations and collected fines of more than $379,000, double from last year. Nearly $5 million in fines still remains to be paid.

The city also has identified 280 deadbeat property owners who will have liens placed on their properties in January.

The Inspectional Services Department says some of the biggest offenders are banks. Wells Fargo owes $60,000 in fines on foreclosed properties.

In Boston, the bank owns more than 100 properties that have been cited for violations including graffiti and improper trash storage.

A spokesman says Wells Fargo will meet all it obligations and that in some cases property records may not reflect current ownership.

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