When bad checks are passed to
local businesses, the crime affects more than just that business. Bad
checks affect everyone when higher costs are passed on to consumers to offset
losses and when taxes are increased to cover additional costs for law enforcement
Merchants lose millions of
dollars every year because of this ongoing problem.
In an effort to combat the
problem, District Attorney Jim Martin organized the Bad Check Restitution
Program to assist local merchants with bad check losses. The primary goal is to
get full restitution for the victim without adding to the financial burden of
the criminal justice system.
First-time bad check offenders
are given an opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by attending a mandatory
intervention class and paying restitution. This is accomplished without any
cost to the taxpayers.
Since the program was started
in 2005, it has recovered more than $700,000 for victims of bad check offenses
and has generated more than $75,000 in revenue for the county.
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