Office of the State's Attorney - Patrick D. Kenneally

Check Enforcement Program

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Each year merchants lose millions of dollars to bad checks.  Vibrant local business is crucial to overall community health and crime reduction. People with jobs who are able to meet the needs of their family through employment are far less likely to commit crime. Crimes against local businesses, therefore, do not just affect bottom lines, they affect us all. Every dollar stolen is one less dollar that can be used to pay an employee, donated to a charity, or otherwise invested in McHenry County.  In addition, bad checks and other forms of theft from businesses increase the cost of goods.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Check Enforcement Program assists businesses in recovering losses from bad checks.   The Program is a multi-faceted approach that includes:

  • Assistance in recovering money lost to bad checks;
  • Pursuit and prosecution of check offenders who refuse to make restitution;
  • Programs to reduce the number of bad checks that end up in your business, and finally;
  • Education to help check offenders avoid writing bad checks in the future.

To take advantage of this new program, you need only contact us when you have a bad check.  There is no charge to you.  We will endeavor to recover the amount of the check and a victim's fee to help offset any fees charged by your bank.

If bad checks are a concern for your business, I encourage you to participate.  To learn more, please click here.