Macon County State's Attorney
Bad Check Restitution Program

Scott A. Rueter, State's 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 $2,500 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.

  • It was received in Macon 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 7 days to make check good.

  • The check must be processed by a bank twice with at least seven days between each processing.

  • 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.

  • 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 two-party, payroll, rent-to-own payment, or credit card check.

  • Victim agreed to hold or check was partially paid.

  • The check involves an "extension of credit" or payment on an account.

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