Imperial County Bad Check Restitution Program

The Imperial County District Attorney’s Office is concerned about the negative impact of bad checks passed to local businesses. Millions of dollars are lost every year by merchants as a result of this ongoing problem. Bad checks affect everyone in terms of higher consumer costs that must be passed on to offset losses and increased taxes to cover additional costs for law enforcement and prosecution.

In an effort to combat this problem, we have organized the 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.

First time bad check offenders are given the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by attending a mandatory, eight-hour intervention class in addition to playing restitution. All of this is accomplished without any cost to the taxpayers.

Your interest and participation in this special program will benefit all law-abiding citizens and help your business improve its bottom line.

How to Determine a Check’s Eligibility for the Program

A check is ELIGIBLE if:

-  The amount is no more than $2500 (or multiple checks do not exceed this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.

-  It was received in Imperial County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and presumed “good” at the time of acceptance.

-  A “Courtesy Notice” was sent to check writer allowing 10 days to make the check good.

-  It is submitted to the program within 90 days from the date on the check.

-  A photo ID (driver’s license, state identification card) 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 the transaction.

-  It is a two-party or government check.

-  The identity of the check writer is unknown.

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

-  The check 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.”

-  It is an out of state check.



Make personal contact with the check writer; if you are unsuccessful, send a courtesy notice.

The check writer has 10 days to respond and remit payment. If you do not hear from the check writer or receive payment, simply contact the Bad Check Crime Restitution Program at 1-866-643-3142 for a crime report.

Fill out the incident report, attach originals (you retain photocopies) of all checks and notification documents, such as return receipts and blank notices, and mail to:


Imperial County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program

Post Office Box 3965

El Centro, CA 92244-3965