As your State's Attorney and a former small business owner, I understand the negative impact of bad checks passed to local businesses. Millions of dollars are lost every year by merchants as a result of this ongoing problem. Bad checks affect everyone in terms of higher consumer costs that must be passed on to offset losses, and increased taxes to cover the additional costs for law enforcement and prosecution.
In an effort to combat this problem, the State's Attorneys' Office operates a Bad Check Restitution Program to assist local merchants with bad check losses. The primary goal of the program is to obtain full restitution for the victim without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system. This service is free to merchants and other victims of bad checks.
First-time bad check offenders are given the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by attending a mandatory intervention class, in addition to paying restitution. All of this is accomplished without any cost to the taxpayers.
Your interest and participation in this special program will benefit all law-abiding citizens and help your business improve its bottom line!
How do I register for the Program?
You can register on-line or by calling the Check Enforcement Program at 1-888-715-2321. You will receive your Merchants Registration Number via U.S. Mail. As soon as you are registered, you can begin to submit bad checks you have received.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE: BAD CHECK RESTITUTION PROGRAM
BAD CHECK RESTITUTION PROGRAM
How to Register:
Call (888) 715-2321
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