Hot Checks


Filing a Report

Acceptance Tips


A Message from
District Attorney Angela Albers

As your District Attorney, I am always concerned about the negative impact of bad checks passed to local businesses. In an effort to combat this problem, I have organized a Bad Check Restitution Program to assist Wood County merchants to obtain full restitution. Please use the information provided to file a report with the Wood County District Attorney’s Office and guard against receiving bad checks in the future.

If you have any questions feel free to call me or my staff and we will be glad to assist you.

Angela Albers
Criminal District Attorney


A check is Eligible if...
• The amount of the check(s) is more than $ 100.00.
• It was received in Wood County, Texas, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and presumed "good" at the time of acceptance.
• A "Demand Notice" was sent to check writer allowing 20 days to remit payment.
• A photo I.D. (driver's license, military I.D., state identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction.

A check is Ineligible if...
• It is stolen or counterfeit. Report directly to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department or other appropriate law enforcement agency.
• It is post-dated.
• Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of the transaction.
• It is a third-party, government issued, payroll or travelers 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.

Checks ineligible for the Wood County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program
may be pursued via small claims court process, by a private collection agency or by the private attorney of your choice.