D.A. Warns of Jail Time for Writing Bad Checks

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

The district attorney's office in Meridian has literally hundreds of people with outstanding bad checks. If you are among them, you have the chance to make them good now. If you don't, jail time could be the result.

"Basically, all of these cases that I'm looking at now ,and all of these filing cabinets here, are cases where people have written bad checks," said District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell. "We've sent letters to the address on the check and they have not responded to it. And now we are going to have a roundup and pick up as many of these people as we can."

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department will also be helping in this roundup.

"We're also going to have all of the old cases put on the NCIC, which means when somebody gets stopped on a traffic stop, they'll be arrested if they have bad checks in our office," Mitchell said.

It has been about two years since the D.A.'s office has done a roundup of this kind. During these two years, Mitchell says the number of bad checks passed has grown immensely.

"There are thousands of them that are outstanding. We collect thousands and thousands and there are always thousands pending," he said.

According to Mitchell, this roundup will give people a chance to come in voluntarily and pay off their bad checks. This way they can avoid the court system and the risk of going to jail.

"It's the same thing as stealing," said Mitchell. "But rather than charging them with stealing or writing a bad check, we're giving them the opportunity to take care of it."

Mitchell says this is your chance to save yourself unnecessary hassles.

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  • by Julie Location: Meridian on Jun 8, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    How come the remark was made about city and county employees and "prestigious Meridianites" writing bad checks and not being prosecuted for it? I am sure this is a possibility, but how do you know, person that said this? Do you work in Bilbo's office? And if you do, you are in violation of privacy of those whose checks are in the files. Tend to your own business and not the business of others.
  • by Anon Location: Meridian on Jun 7, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    Guess this is why the DA's office is too busy to prosecute child molesters and abusers... Way to prioritize
  • by stallion Location: meridian on Jun 5, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    meridian needs to run all them check in to cash places out of town they are own by lawers anyway yall let thies people come in your town and and make it easy for poor people to get money with high intrest that they can not pay in the first place. that were ms needs to start first get the mob out of town .stop crime first and then you would not haft to lock up your people poor .and pay your people more then chump change yall wont let more companys come to town because yall are scard you might haft to pay your people more money
  • by paulstallion Location: meridian on Jun 5, 2010 at 05:33 AM
    meridian will never be no more then a tradeing post
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2010 at 05:10 AM
    i thought the jails were already too overcrowed
  • by Curious Location: Right Here on Jun 4, 2010 at 09:48 PM
    How come the check writers get jail time when people charged with burglary, grand larceny, embezzlement, motor vehicle theft, felony shoplifting, forgery, credit card fraud, or false pretense get probation? Aren't those crimes stealing too? Just saying..
  • by Beverly on Jun 4, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    There is a really long process to go through to have someone indicted for writing bad checks. They give these people EVERY chance to do the right thing. So these people are the worst of the worst when it comes to stealing. People do still write checks. Some elderly people do because it's comfortable to them and using a debit cars and PINs is not. Some people write checks if they can't find their debit card at the checkout. That happens to me occasionally. But MOST, not all, but MOST others write checks because they know in advance that they are bad. They're floating money, or don't even have any money or prospects of money. They are committing a crime. That's who the DA is going after. They don't do this only because the state needs money. They do this to recover the money STOLEN from businesses and people. Don't make light of THEFT, please. These people are not being hassled. They are being held to account for STEALING.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 4, 2010 at 02:51 PM
    shakes my head ...... this is posted now when it should been done since the laws on the books..... oh wait they need money now so this is now a way to get it... now there is a reason to enforce the law... ____ ....
  • by Hello Location: hello on Jun 4, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    What is this 1990? Who is still writing checks?
  • by Nita Location: South-mdn on Jun 4, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    SLAP EM'in jail.It is time for these dead beats to pay.Put them up on a billboard!You go BilBO!!
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