District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck Years ago, District Attorney Stephanie Anderson started a program to assist business and individuals who were victims of people writing “bad checks.” She recognized, “Each year merchants lose millions of dollars to bad checks. Bad checks affect everyone, pushing the costs of goods and services higher. As you know, they can be devastating to small businesses. Make no mistake; unlawfully issuing a bad check is a crime.”

The Check Enforcement Program is designed to help victims – either businesses, merchants, salespeople, or individuals –in recovering losses from intentionally written bad checks. The Program costs nothing to all victims who accept a bad check within Cumberland County and is designed to handle dishonored checks marked “Insufficient or Non-sufficient Funds,” “Account Closed” and “No Account” that are passed in Cumberland County.

The primary goal of the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office is to obtain full restitution for the victim - including a victim's service fee - without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system.

The Program is designed for two main benefits. The primary goal is that victims in Cumberland County benefit from the Program because they receive restitution without paying any fees. The secondary goals it that first-time bad check writers benefit from the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by completing an offender education course. However, if the person fails to respond to the Program, the case will be referred for prosecutorial review.

An improved economic climate in Cumberland County helps us all, businesses and individuals alike. If bad checks are a concern for you or your business, I encourage you to contact us to find out more to see if we can help. Please take a few minutes to explore this site to learn more about the Check Enforcement Program and learn how this Program can benefit you. If you would like to be a part of the program, please register and use the Check Enforcement Program.

Thank you for your consideration,
Jonathan Sahrbeck
District Attorney