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If you receive a bogus check, the Business and Merchant Services Division is available to assist you in collecting the face value of the check plus a $25 Merchant Return Fee. This is done at no cost to the merchant. There also is no cost to the taxpayer to administer the program. The cost is covered by the check writer, who pays a fee to the District Attorney's Office for each check returned.
A bogus check is one that is returned for insufficient funds, account closed or no account found.
Don't let hot checks cool off in your files; the sooner we receive them, the more effective we can be in collecting them. Our merchant packets contain documents to send with bogus checks so that we may attempt to collect money owed you. Complete as much information as possible to help us be successful in collecting on your behalf. If we cannot collect voluntary restitution, the program allows us to file criminal charges on the check writer, providing us another opportunity to collect the amount due.
The check writer may be permitted to set up a payment plan through the District Attorney's Office. When we collect on a check for you, we send a voucher directly to you until the original amount of the check is paid in full plus the $25 Merchant Return Fee.
Call 918-456-6649, Monday through Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm.