Each year, San Diego County merchants suffer losses due to bad checks. As you know, these losses can be devastating. Bad checks affect everyone and result in higher consumer costs in addition to increased costs for law enforcement and prosecution. Make no mistake, unlawfully passing a bad check is a crime.
As your District Attorney, I am committed to utilizing the resources of my office to reduce the harmful impact that bad checks have on our economy. My office is providing a Check Enforcement Program to assist merchants and individuals in fighting back against bad check writers.
This newly upgraded Program is designed to be more responsive to the victims while keeping those who pass bad checks accountable. The goal is to accomplish this without any undue burdens on the justice system. We employ a multi-faceted approach that includes: training programs and preventative check acceptance measures designed to reduce the number of bad checks, assistance in recovering money lost to bad checks, pursuit and prosecution of check offenders who refuse to make restitution, and an educational course to help check offenders avoid writing and passing any future bad checks.
The Program requires bad check writers to pay full restitution and complete an education and intervention class regarding personal accountability and financial responsibility as citizens. Because bad check offenders pay the entire cost of the Program, there is NO COST to merchants and other victims and NO COST to San Diego County taxpayers.
If bad checks are a concern to your business, I encourage you to participate in the Check Enforcement Program. To take advantage, you only need to register. There is no cost to you, and you will receive 100% restitution on any check we successfully recover - as well as up to $15 of the bank fees incurred.
Please review this website to learn how the Program can benefit you. Registration takes only a moment. Simply fill in the Registration Form and click Submit. Within a few days of registering, we will send you a packet of materials that will give you information to reduce the number of bad checks you receive and help you obtain restitution for the bad checks that get through.
I encourage you to try my Check Enforcement Program. Working together, we will provide a valuable service to all law-abiding residents of San Diego County.
Bonnie M. Dumanis