Monroe County Check Deception Program
Phone: (812) 349-2693
Location: Charlotte T. Zietlow Justice Center
301 N. College Ave., Room 211
Bloomington IN 47404 (Map)
Phone: 812-349-2670 Fax: 812-349-2725
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday
Closed all Federal Holidays
Check Deception – writing a bad check on a closed account, or knowing that there is not enough money in the account to cover the check, is a criminal offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.
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The Check Deception Program
Bad checks cost local businesses, increase prices for consumers, and demand resources from law enforcement and the justice system. The Monroe County Check Deception Program is designed to reduce costs to local businesses, and assist in the collection of amounts due from bad checks.
In 2009, the Office of Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Gaal reorganized the Check Deception Program to make it more user-friendly and efficient, and to include efforts to prevent bad checks from being issued and accepted in the first place.
Under the new program, merchants or individual victims can refer a bad check by filling out a simple form. The Prosecutor’s Office will then send a letter giving the bad check writer an opportunity to pay the check and avoid potential criminal charges. The goal of the program is to obtain full restitution for the victim without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system.
To use the program, click on “How to Refer a Bad Check.”
Preventing Bad Checks
We also focus on prevention, by encouraging local businesses to train their employees to follow proper check acceptance procedures aimed at reducing their exposure to bad checks. We produced a free brochure explaining the Check Deception Program, and that includes tips for avoiding bad checks. Local merchants can also obtain free stickers with a stop sign logo with the message: “STOP! Do Not Write A Bad Check.” Local merchants can display the sticker in their place of business to help deter bad checks.
Click on “Tips For Avoiding Bad Checks” for prevention information to help train employees on proper check acceptance procedures.