The passing of bad checks is a very serious problem in Pima County. That is why the Pima County Attorney's Office joined with local law enforcement agencies and many local business people in 1996 to establish the Pima County Attorney's Bad Check Program.
The program is designed to help reimburse individuals or merchants for the substantial losses they suffer from receiving bad checks. We are very pleased to have returned millions of dollars to businesses and individuals participating in this program.
This program is available to any person or organization in Pima County. The Guidebook contains all the information and forms you will need to participate in this free service. By working together, we can make a difference for Pima County.
If you receive a bad check, you are first required to notify the check writer that they must reimburse you for the entire amount within the specified time period by statute. If you do not receive full payment within that time frame, the check writer may be prosecuted.
The Guidebook is intended to inform you of ways to avoid receiving bad checks. In the event you become a victim, it is also intended to help you participate in the Bad Check Program to recover your loss. Please read the Guidebook completely and follow all the steps to avoid delays. Below is a brief overview of the process at the Pima County Attorney's Office, and tips on how to spot a bad check:
Look at the check:
Always Demand Identification:
If you still have doubts about a check, don't accept it.
Prepare the Demand for Payment Notice
The Guidebook provides two different types of Demand for Payment forms:
Print the Demand for Payment Notice, and send to the person who wrote the check
The Demand for Payment Notice may be served, sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by regular mail that is supported by an Affidavit of Mailing completed by you.
If you elect to deliver the Demand for Payment by mail, you must complete an Affidavit of Mailing to accompany your documentation submitted to the Bad Check Program.
Please allow 17 days from the date of mailing before submitting to the Bad Check Program.
Prepare the Witness Form and Victim Information Form
Submitting a Check to the Bad Check Program
If the check writer does not respond to the Demand for Payment Notice, the check may then be submitted to the Pima County Attorney's Bad Check Program.
Place all items listed in the Guidebook in a large mailing envelope, and mail or hand deliver to the Pima County Attorney's office.
Information On Case Status
Original Checks Cannot be Returned Once Collection Begins
Matters Not Handled By the Bad Check Program
There are types of checks that cannot be accepted into the Bad Check Program. These include:
What Becomes of the Bad Check Writer
How to Contact the Bad Check Program
Pima County Attorney
Bad Check Program
32 N. Stone 11th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
For more complete and detailed information, please read through the Guidebook completely.