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.