The Laurel County Attorney’s office has instituted a new computerized system that will streamline the process for merchants who must collect on bad checks.

J.L. Albright, assistant county attorney, said Wednesday, the new system will automatically notify writers of bad checks that they must pay the instrument.

All the merchant must do is notify the county attorney’s office and set up an account. Then, if a bad check comes through they send a copy by facsimile to the county attorney’s office and the process proceeds.

The check writer will be notified and sent a “deposit ticket” for the amount charged, including the face value of the check plus any bad check charges.

The writer of the check can then deposit the monies in a local bank that is specified in the notification, and the merchant will be sent the money owed.

The only time the merchant will be required to come to the office is in the case a warrant is issued for an arrest. That will require the merchant to sign the warrant.

Bad check writing for amounts more than $300 are felonies, Albright said.

Albright said perhaps “hundreds” of checks come through the county attorney’s office monthly. Many of them have a high value.

For more information contact Albright at 864-6159.

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