Bad Check Diversion Program
Receiving a bad check for goods or services can be more than an inconvenience. You've suffered an immediate financial loss. Usually your main concern is getting your restitution.
Our Bad Check Diversion Program (BCDP) is a program designed to obtain restitution and a service fee for you, the complainant. This is accomplished without processing the case through the criminal justice system. If a case cannot be diverted to the BCDP, then it is referred for possible prosecution through standard channels.
If you have received a bad check you can review the steps below to refer that check to our office. If you have questions, you may contact the Bad Check Diversion Program at the numbers listed below.
Review the steps and learn how to use these forms to process a bad check.
Please make copies of these forms and use them for all worthless check complaints. To be able to read a pdf please download Free Acrobat Reader.
State Attorney Procedures:
After you have presented the worthless check that you received to the State Attorney, paperwork is reviewed for completion and accuracy. The check writer's criminal history is examined to determine whether he/she will be allowed to participate in the Bad Check Diversion Program or will be referred directly for possible prosecution.
The Bad Check Diversion Program is a program designed to obtain restitution and service fee for you, the complainant. THERE IS NO FEE CHARGED TO YOU. If the check writer is eligible for BCDP, a Notice is mailed to him/her with a return date approximately one month after the check has been processed by the State Attorney.
The Notice advises the check writer to remit a money order or cashier's check made payable to the complainant for the amount of the check plus the applicable service charge. The check writer is also required to complete a worthless check education session. If these conditions are complied with, the case will be closed with no further criminal action taken. The restitution will be mailed to you with a pre-stamped, self-addressed receipt to return to the BCDP. If the check writer fails to comply with the provisions of BCDP or is ineligible for BCDP, the case may be referred for criminal prosecution.