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District Attorney’s fraudulent check program collects $8 million

By ThisIsReno


WashoeCountyDistrictHealthDeptLogoThe Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has announced its fraudulent check program has collected $8,046,066 owed to local creditors and business operators.

The program was established in 1992 to provide a District Attorney-supervised and implemented program to help collect monies due from fraudulent or non-sufficient funds (NSF) checks and “account closed” checks. Fraudulent checks written without sufficient funds to back them cost creditors and businesses of Washoe County hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses every year.

“As a tourist center with a fluid economy, our community can suffer major financial harm when goods or services are stolen through the use of fraudulent checks,” said Washoe County DA Richard Gammick. “Our program is designed to obtain full restitution for creditors or businesses by offering a DA-supervised payment program to fraud check writers in lieu of prosecution. Failure in the program results in prosecution.”

To pursue a fraudulent check case with the District Attorney’s Office or obtain forms and information, visit www.washoecounty.us/DA or call a representative of the program at (775) 789-7171.

The Fraudulent Check Diversion Program staff can be reached at the District Attorney’s Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are available to answer questions, provide informational seminars and assist persons interested in pursuing legal remedies against fraud check writers.