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 writerForm A  if the amount is less than $5,000 and Form B  if the amount is $5,000 or more. If you do not receive payment within the specified time frame, fill out a Victim Information Form (PDF) (first time victims only), attach the bad check to a completed Submittal/Witness Form (PDF), and mail or deliver these materials to our office:

MCAO Check Enforcement Program
11 W. Jefferson Street, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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, check out our list of frequently asked questions. You can also contact us directly at 602-372-7300 or via email.

Check out our CHECK List to Protect Yourself Against Bad Check Writers.

Downloads for Merchants, Business Owners, Victims