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.
IF YOU RECEIVE A BAD CHECK…
- 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:
3131 W. Durango, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85009
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.
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: