Each year merchants lose millions of dollars to bad checks. Bad checks effect 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 worthless check is a crime.
The Check Enforcement Program is designed to assist merchants in recovering losses from intentionally written bad checks. The Program is FREE to all residents within Onondaga County.
It is designed to handle dishonored checks marked Insufficient or Non-sufficient Funds, Account Closed and No Account that are passed in Onondaga County.
Our primary goal is to assure full restitution for the victim - including any bank charges - without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system.
Merchants in Onondaga County benefit from the program because they receive restitution without paying any fees.
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, prosecution proceedings may begin.
Finally, an improved economic climate in our entire county helps us all, businesses and individuals alike.
If bad checks are a concern of your business, I encourage you to participate. Please take a few minutes to explore this site to learn more about the Check Enforcement Program. Learn how this program can benefit you. Then feel free to register and use the program.
William J. Fitzpatrick
Onondaga County District Attorney