Bad Check Crime Report
Worthless checks are no longer processed through our office. The new process for worthless checks written in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties, are available online, as are the forms.
Please visit 12TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT STATE ATTORNEY for information on how to file a worthless check report.
A clearly posted check acceptance policy for your employees and customers can go a long way toward reducing your losses. Policies should state which types of checks can and cannot be accepted and include the consequences to bad check writers.
All I.D. can be forged. The most reliable form of I.D. is that which contains a photo and a physical description. Take the I.D. in hand and write the I.D. number, state of issuance, birth date, address and other descriptive data on the front of the check. Ask questions. If the I.D. does not belong to the person writing the check, they may be thrown off guard.
Approximately 85% of all bad checks are written on accounts only a few months old and bear check numbers between 101 and 150. Use caution. Do not accept counter drafts.
Do NOT accept previously signed checks. For a company check, it is vital that the signature is legible. If not, print the individual's name on the front of the check.
Require a street address, in addition to a P.O. Box number. Obtain a phone number as well.
Pre- or post-dated checks are not accepted in the Bad Check Restitution Program and cannot typically be criminally prosecuted. This restricts any recourse you may have against the check writer if your own collection attempts fail.
Banks will not honor checks with discrepancies between written amounts and numbers.