Reminder: Bad Check Program for Local Businesses

District Attorney John Adams organized the Berks County District Attorney's Office Bad Check Restitution Program, to assist local merchants with bad check losses. The primary goal of the program is to obtain full restitution for the victim without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system. The program is administered by Lieutenant Harold Shenk, of the Berks County Detectives., of the Berks County Detectives.

A check is Eligible if....

The amount is no more than $5,000 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.

It was received in Berks County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed "good" at the time of acceptance.

A "Courtesy Notice" was sent to check writer allowing 10 days to make check good.

A photo I.D. (driver's license or state identification card) was recorded at the time of the 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, stop payment, payroll, or credit check.

The identity of the check writer is unknown.

There is no amount, date, or signature on the check.

It has not been processed by a bank.

The numeric and written amounts on the check do not match.

The check involves an "extension of credit" or payment on an account.

Check(s) ineligible for the Berks County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued through your local District Justice's Office or by a private collection agency.