Bad Checks impact negatively on local businesses and the community as a whole. Bad checks affect everyone in terms of higher consumer costs that must be paid to offset losses, as well as the costs involved in enforcement and prosecution. The District Attorney’s Office has instituted a “Bad Check Restitution Program” with two important goals in mind: First, to increase the accountability of those who pass bad checks, without increasing the administrative or financial burden to the taxpayers or the criminal justice system. Secondly, to return to victims that which is rightfully theirs.
This is being accomplished through a unique, cooperative effort combining private and public sector resources to educate businesses in preventative check acceptance measures, and which requires bad check offenders to complete a special mandatory intervention class in addition to paying restitution.
Because of this unique structure, we can operate this highly effective program at absolutely no expense to the taxpayer. Furthermore, the merchant receives 100% of the monies owed to them in cases where we collect.
Your active participation in the San Bernardino County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program will help your business improve it’s bottom line, and I look forward to working together to find additional solutions to this serious problem.