Bad Checks

If you find yourself in a situation where you have received a bad check, (a check written by the holder of a legitimate account that either has insufficient funds or has been closed,) the following information is the Sheriff’s Office guidelines and criteria for reporting the situation.

Starting in April, 2000, the 18th Judicial District, District Attorneys Office has implemented the Bad Check Program, which will handle all fraud by check and bad checks that fall into the following categories:

  • The amount of the check is less than $20,000 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.
  • It was received in the Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert or Lincoln 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 the check writer allowing 15 days to make the check good.
  • A photo I.D. (driver’s license or state identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction.

If the check(s) fall into the above categories you may call the District Attorney’s Bad Check Office at 1-800-722-6952 or go to the Web Site: 18th Judicial District Attorney's Bad Check Web Site

Checks that will NOT be accepted by the D.A.’s Bad Check Program:

  • It is post-dated.
  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of transaction.
  • Is a two-party, payroll, or government 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.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will accept and prosecute the following checks over $20,000.00:

  • Checks that are presented for prosecution within 60 days of the date check was written.
  • Checks that are stamped twice by the bank, account did not exist or has been closed for more than 30 days.
  • Only checks that have a recorded valid Colorado D.L. or Colorado I.D. number or subjects date of birth or where the party accepting the check knew the check writer.
  • Personal information on person who accepted the check, if different from reporting party and that person must be able to testify that the picture on the I.D. presented matched the description of the person signing the check.
  • Only checks that are pre-printed with the name and address of the signer or business. The check must be signed with a first and last name.

A report should be made on all stolen, forged, and counterfeit checks received and/or issued within Douglas County.

The following checks over $20,000.00 will NOT be accepted for investigation by D.C.S.O.:

  • Checks drawn on out of state bank accounts.
  • Postdated checks or where the check taker has agreed to hold onto the check for an undisclosed length of time.
  • Checks given as an installment payment.
  • Rent checks, other than first months rent.
  • Guaranteed checks, unless the checks exceed the amount of guarantee.
  • Checks given as restitution or to satisfy any part of a civil judgment or given as a deposit or earnest money.
  • Partial restitution has been made on the check.
  • Three party checks.
  • Faxed checks.
  • Stop payment checks in most cases.

Any questions concerning a bad check or requests for prosecution, please contact our Financial Crimes Section at 303-660-7548.

For additional information, please e-mail: dcso@douglas.co.us

Contact Information:

Main Investigations 303-660-7548
Main Investigations Fax 303-688-4939
Special Investigation Section 303-784-7800
Crime Lab 303-660-7558
Victim Assistance 303-660-7535
Major Tip Line 303-660-7579
Immigration Tip Line 303-663-7265

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

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9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

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