Worthless Checks
The 12th District Worthless Check Program was designed to hold accountable people who write bad checks and achieve restitution for victims. Bad check reports are easy to file, and follow-up action is prompt.

How to determine if a check is eligible for the program:
A check is eligible if:
  • It was received in Manatee, Sarasota, or DeSoto County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed "good" at the time of acceptance. 
  • A "Statutory Notice" was sent to the check writer via US Certified Mail allowing 15 days to make the check good.
  • A photo ID (driver license or state identification card with the state of issuance) number was recorded at the time of transaction.
A check is ineligible if:
  • It is post-dated.
  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of transaction.
  • It is a two-party, credit card, payroll, or business check.
  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.
  • There is no amount, date, or signature on the check,
  • The numeric and written amounts on the check do not match.
  • It is a stolen, counterfeit, or forged check.
  • The check has not been processed by the bank.
  • It is from a joint or overdraft protection account.
  • There has been a partial payment accepted on the check.
To learn more about this program or to file a report, click here.
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