Money Recovered

Since its creation in the late 1980’s, the Program has recovered over $42 million in restitution. On average, our office repays victims $1.2 million in total restitution per year.


The Check Enforcement Program processes roughly 6,000 bad checks each year resulting in an average 1,800 criminal cases per year. Our database has roughly 200,000 bad check writer names.

Check Enforcement Program

Each day, thousands of checks are written to pay for goods or services – yet hundreds are not honored when presented at the bank. Hard working merchants and others go unpaid.

If you or your business is the victim of a bad check, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office may be able to help you get the money you are owed.

Our Check Enforcement Program has a mission to pursue bad check writers and make them pay up – even if it means taking them to court. The program is largely funded by fees paid by bad check writers, making this a completely FREE service to victims and merchants.


  • Send a Demand for Payment letter to the bad check writer. (See link below for approved forms.)
  • If you do not receive payment within the specified time frame, fill out a Victim Information Form (first time victims only), attach the bad check to a completed Submittal/Witness Form, and mail or deliver these materials to our office:

MCAO Check Enforcement Program
3131 W. Durango, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85009

Phone: 602-372-7300
Fax: 602-372-0014

If there is sufficient evidence to prove that a crime was committed, we will take action against the bad check writer which could result in a criminal court summons and/or a warrant for arrest. Penalties for issuing a bad check include up to 6 months in jail and a $2,500 fine, plus full restitution.

For more information, download our Check Enforcement Guidebook or check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can also contact us directly at (602) 372-7300 or Email address protected by JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript to view.

MERCHANTS – Check out our C.H.E.C.K. List To Protect Yourself Against Bad Check Writers and let bad check writers know you mean business by downloading and displaying our warning sign:

Check Enforcement Sticker
Check Enforcement Sticker (PDF)

Downloads for Merchants, Business Owners, Victims