The 12th District Worthless Check Program was designed to hold accountable people who write bad checks and achieve restitution for victims. Bad check reports are easy to file, and follow-up action is prompt.
How to determine if a check is eligible for the program:
A check is eligible if:
- It was received in Manatee, Sarasota, or DeSoto County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed "good" at the time of acceptance.
- A "Statutory Notice" was sent to the check writer via US Certified Mail allowing 15 days to make the check good.
- A photo ID (driver license or state identification card with the state of issuance) number was recorded at the time of transaction.
- It is post-dated.
- Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of transaction.
- It is a two-party, credit card, payroll, or business check.
- The identity of the check writer is unknown.
- There is no amount, date, or signature on the check,
- The numeric and written amounts on the check do not match.
- It is a stolen, counterfeit, or forged check.
- The check has not been processed by the bank.
- It is from a joint or overdraft protection account.
- There has been a partial payment accepted on the check.