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"It always happens to the other person" is not always true. You could be the victim of one of today's most numerous crimes - worthless checks. The purpose of this web page is to alert, educate and assure you that this office will do everything possible to recover your loss from being a victim of a worthless check writer.
I hope the information you are about to read assists you. Alert and knowledgeable citizens are the first defense against all crimes particularly worthless checks. If you have any questions, contact my office at the numbers shown on this web page.
Don't let worthless checks get the best of you and your bottom line. This crime can be controlled, but only with your help.
- M. Bofill Duhé
When Being Presented With A Check:
It is vital that you stress to your employees the importance of being thorough when accepting a check. If your business has set a policy for all customers, then no one should have any reason to feel that they are being treated unfairly.
1. IS THE CHECK DATED TODAY?
Checks must be dated the same day they are written.
Post-dated checks are not prosecutable.
2. IS THE SIGNATURE LEGIBLE?
DO NOT accept checks previously signed. Have them signed in your presence. Confirm the ID of the person giving you the check at this time.
3. IS THE ADDRESS COMPLETE?
Require a permanent street address, not a Post Office Box number.
Remember the sheriff's office may have to serve a warrant on this person.
NO ONE LIVES IN A POST OFFICE BOX.
4. CONFIRM THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON ISSUING THE CHECK.
Examine the ID of the person issuing the check, a picture drivers license, and
confirm the information shown is the same as shown on the check.
5. RECORD THE MANNER OF ID USED.
Don't just take the ID on the check as true. Write the drivers license number and the individual's date of birth on the check and place your initials next to it.
When A Check Is Returned:
When receiving a non sufficient, stop payment or refer to maker check, you are eligible to seek assistance from the District Attorney's Worthless Checks Division provided the following conditions are met:
If the check writer fails to respond within ten (10) days you may then file a criminal complaint against him by bringing in:
Ineligible Worthless Checks
Checks To Avoid
What Happens Once You File Your Complaint
My office will send the person who issued the check either the 10 day demand letter, as a service to you, or an initial complaint letter advising them that this office has received your complaint and they have 10 days to clear up this matter or we will proceed with the issuance of a warrant for their arrest. Once arrested, the individual will be placed on our arraignment docket and then on to trial if the checks are not paid.
Once an individual has been convicted of issuing worthless checks, that person is then transferred to our probation department as a further step to recover your loss.
Worthless Checks Division Contacts
300 Iberia Street, Suite 200
New Iberia, La. 70560
ST. MARTIN PARISH
307 Church Street
St. Martinville, La. 70582
ST. MARY PARISH
Franklin, La. 70548
337-828-4100 ext. 550