County of Colusa
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Bad Check Restitution Program

Matthew R. Beauchamp, District Attorney



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How to determine a check's eligibility for the Program.

A check is Eligible if...

  • The amount is no more than $5,000 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.

  • It was received in Colusa County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed “good” at the time of acceptance.

  • A “Courtesy Notice” was sent to the check writer allowing 10 days to make check good.

  • A photo I.D. number (driver’s license or state identification card) was recorded at the time of transaction.

A check is Ineligible if...

  • It is post-dated.

  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of transaction.

  • It is a two-party, credit card, rent, or payroll check.

  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.

  • There is no amount, date or signature on the check.

  • The check has not been processed by a bank.

  • The numeric and written amounts on the check do not match.

Check(s) ineligible for the Colusa County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued through Small Claims Court or by a private collection agency.