District 27’s bogus check prosecutors and staff work for victims at no charge. Bogus check writers bear the financial burden of their own prosecution.

Criminals bilk Oklahoma merchants out of millions of dollars a year through bogus checks. Often, the cost to businesses is passed down to consumers through higher prices.

What is a bogus check?

A bogus check is a bank draft that is not honored because the account either contains insufficient funds or does not exist. Bogus checks can be both intentional and unintentional.

The District 27 Bogus Check Division is dedicated to protecting our constituents by deterring the use of bad checks, tracking down and prosecuting bogus check writers, and returning lost or stolen money to victims – all at no cost to merchants.

We also provide offenders with opportunities to take responsibility for their actions and avoid prosecution (and a criminal record), provided they agree to fully compensate the victims they harmed, plus reimburse the state for their own prosecution.

We find that when bogus check writers take responsibility and remunerate their victims, they’re less likely to repeat their crime, and they’re less of a burden on the criminal justice system’s already-crowded court dockets.

Another benefit of District 27’s bogus check program is the fact that it is fully funded by the fees paid by bogus check writers. Taxpayer funds are not expended in the prosecution of bad check writers.

Where is the Bogus Check Division?

The contact for merchants and bogus check writers in Adair, Cherokee, Sequoyah and Wagoner Counties is in the District 27 office in the Cherokee County courthouse.

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District 27's Bogus Check Division is supervised by Cheryl Webb in the Cherokee County office.
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What do I do if I wrote a bogus check?

Mistakes and mixups happen. Not everyone who passes a bogus check is a criminal, but it is illegal to write checks that aren’t honored by your bank.

If you write a bogus check, you should immediately contact the merchant and arrange to cover the check and any associated fees.

Once the district attorney’s office receives your hot check, all arrangements for restitution must go through our office and not the merchant. Do not attempt to communicate with the merchant directly about your bogus check if it has been turned over to our office.

Our restitution program provides several payment options: You can pay in person with a cashier’s check, money order or debit/credit card, or you can pay online:

What do I do if I receive a bogus check?

You are eligible for our office’s assistance as soon as a check written to you is not honored by its bank. If the writer of the check fails or refuses to immediately honor the check, complete, print and sign this form, and provide it along with a copy of the rejected check to the District 27 office as immediately as possible. The sooner you contact our office, the more effective we can be in assisting you to recover your funds.

Bear in mind, someone who attempts to pass a bad check won’t hesitate to make false claims, so don’t allow the suspect to make excuses or commitments. Such stall tactics give perpetrators time to disappear, making it more difficult for us to help you collect.

We will help you collect the face value of the check plus an administrative fee – all at the cost of the bogus check writer, who pays a fee for each bogus check written.

Once you have turned a bogus check over to the District 27 district attorney’s bogus check program, all payments and payment arrangements must go through us. If the check writer attempts to contact you or repay you, direct him or her to the District 27 office.

Once the bogus check is in the possession of the our District 27 bogus check office with a completed and signed Merchant Complaint form, we assume responsibility for collection. You should direct all correspondence with the check writer to the District 27 office.

Restitution Agreement

If the check writer fails to make full reimbursement when located by our office, we may allow him or her to enter into a restitution agreement, which requires regular payments over a finite period. The first funds collected go directly to the merchant/victim until the original amount is paid. Once restitution is made, additional funds go toward fees and court costs.

Check writers who fail to meet their restitution commitments may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

You don’t have to be a victim of a bogus check writer. Protecting yourself takes a little time, but the few extra steps are well worth the effort when the time comes to investigate and prosecute. Criminals target businesses that don’t take the time and care to safeguard against bogus checks.

    1. Require valid government-issued identification for all checks. A state-issued driver’s license or ID card, passport, firearms license or other unexpired government-issued photo ID provides good information if you receive a bogus check.

      a. Verify the name of the ID matches the name on the check.
      b. Verify the ID is not expired.
      c. Verify the address on the ID matches the address on the check, or that the customer’s explanation for the difference is satisfactory to you.
      d. Verify the photo matches the person writing the check. (You must be able to identify the check writer in case of prosecution.)
  1. The employee who accepts payment should write the following information on the check:
    a. The employee who received the check should initial it to indicate all information was verified. We must know who received the check in order to investigate.
    b. If the check does not have a printed phone number, obtain one from the customer and write it on the check.
    c. Driver’s license number and state of issuance.
    d. Date of birth.
    e. Physical description (height, weight, hair and eye color).
    f. Place of employment (or phone number).
    3. Be extra cautious with counter checks (“temporary” checks without printed name, address and phone number) and new accounts.

Not all bogus check writers are criminals, but attempting to pass a check that will not clear your bank for any reason is a crime, punishable by law. Sometimes honest people make mistakes in their finances. If you realize you’ve written a bad check, you should immediately contact the merchant and honor the payment and associated fees.

If your check is already in the possession of our office, all correspondence must go through the District 27 office.

Restitution Agreement

If the check writer fails to make full reimbursement immediately upon location by our office, we may allow him or her to enter into a restitution agreement, which requires regular payments over a finite period. The first funds collected go directly to the merchant/victim until the original amount is paid. Once restitution is made, additional funds go toward fees and court costs.

Check writers who fail to meet their restitution commitments may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.