Those who have written bad checks in the past have until the end of March to pay their debts before the Fourth Circuit district attorney brings down the hammer.

The district attorney’s office has announced that those who have incurred debts due to bad checks have until March 31 to pay any outstanding fines or face prosecution.

“We are a law enforcement agency and will pursue felony worthless checks until the debt is zero,” District Attorney Dewayne Richardson said in a statement.

“There is no statute of limitations on this matter. Therefore, if a check was written in 1980, we can and will pursue charges in 2020,” he added.

District Manager Tamicko Fair said that they do have checks dating back to 1980. She could not say definitively if they had checks prior to that date, since their system was launched in 1980.

“We used to run that press release once a year, and last year we didn’t, and the year prior to that we may not have, so we just thought 2020 would be a good year to pick back up to collect some of those fines for our victims.,” Fair said.

The Mississippi Bad Check Law allows district attorneys’ offices throughout the state to “assist victims of bad check writers in recovering restitution.”

The office has collected hundreds of checks over the years and prosecuted offenders. A bad check is a federal offense and is punishable by three years in prison.

After the deadline, the district attorney’s office will release every indictment received to the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department, and warrants will be out for offenders’ arrests.

“The Bad Check Unit was built for you, those who create and operate businesses that keep our economy strong,” Richardson said in the release. “Our office is fortunate to have employees with decades of experience in collecting for bad checks and we will continue to aggressively pursue those individuals who prey upon your business.”

nContact Kerrigan Herret at 581-7233 or kherret@gwcommonwealth.com.

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