Worthless Checks

Worthless Checks Are A Crime:

Under state law, anyone passing a bad checks in the amount of $25.00 or higher may be prosecuted as a 4th degree felony.

The law allows for a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of $1,000.

 

The Bad Check Restitution Program:

Millions of dollars are lost every year by merchants as a result of bad checks. To save New Mexico Taxpayers dollars our office utilizes The Bad Check Restitution Program, ACCS (American Corrective Counseling Services).  The primary goal is to obtain full restitution for victims.

 

Who Qualifies?

  •  First time offenders are given the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by:
    • Attending a Mandatory Intervention Class.
    • Paying Restitution.

This is done without cost to taxpayer

 

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.
    • The check was issued in the Thirteenth Judicial District (Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia Counties), deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and presumed "good" at the time of acceptance.
  • A "certified worthless check notice" was sent to check writer allowing 10 days to make check good.
  • A photo I.D. (drivers license, military I.D., state identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction.

 

A Check Is Ineligible If:

Millions of dollars are lost every year by merchants as a result of bad checks. To save New Mexico Taxpayers dollars our office utilizes The Bad Check Restitution Program, ACCS (American Corrective Counseling Services).  The primary goal is to obtain full restitution for victims.

  • It is post-dated
  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at time of transaction.
  • It is a two-party, stop payment, rent or government check.
  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.
  • The numeric and written amounts of check do not match.
  • The check involves a “extension of credit” or was payment on an account.
  • The check has not been processed by a bank.

 

What Happens If The Program Is Unsuccessful In Collecting Restitution?

Our office files a felon case against the individual in Magistrate court.

The individual is now a defendant and will go through the judicial process facing a penalty of up to 3 years in jail, court costs, a felony on his/her record and any other penalties the court deems necessary.

 

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Resources:

Cibola County Law Enforcement:
Cibola County Sheriff Office(505) 876-2040
Acoma Pueblo Police Department(505) 552-6601
Grants Police Department(505) 287-5144
Laguna Pueblo Police Department(505) 552-6685
Milan Police Department(505) 287-4491
Pine Hill – Ramah Navajo Police Department(505) 775-3226
New Mexico State Police(505) 287-4377

 

Sandoval County Law Enforcement: 
Sandoval County Sheriff Office(505) 867-7526
Bernalillo Police Department(505) 867-2304
Cochiti Pueblo Police Department(505) 465-3136
Corrales Police Department(505) 898-7585
Cuba Police Department(505) 289-9157
Jemez Pueblo Police Department(575) 834-0468
Jemez Springs Police Department(575) 829-3345
Kewa Pueblo - B.I.A. Police
(505) 346-2868/2869
Rio Rancho Police Department(505) 891-5900
Sandia Pueblo Police Department(505) 890-1428
San Felipe Pueblo – B.I.A. Police
(505) 346-2868/2869
Santa Ana Pueblo Police Department(505) 891-7226
San Ysidro Police Department(575) 834-7581
New Mexico State Police(505) 841-9256

 

Valencia County Law Enforcement: 
Valencia County Sheriff Department(505) 865-9603
Belen Police Department(505) 864-6288
Bosque Farms Police Department(505) 869-2358
Isleta Pueblo Police Department(505) 869-6511
Los Lunas Police Department(505) 865-9130
New Mexico State Police(505) 841-9256

 

New Mexico State Law Enforcement: 
New Mexico State Police(505) 827-9300