MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Have you ever been burned by getting stuck with a bad check?
A lot of merchants have.
Now, however, the Mobile County District Attorney's Office is launching a new program to fight back against the problem that ultimately costs you, the consumer, money.
Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich announced the new program Monday morning, October 21.
A QUICK CLICK
You can now find out information about people charged with and convicted of writing bad checks by logging on to the district attorney's website.
District Attorney Ashley Rich said, "They can actually see pictures of people who are wanted for writing worthless checks. We hope that they will go on to that website and look and see if they recognize anybody, or can give us any tips or information in how to locate those people."
You can also see how much they owe.
Rich hopes the addition to the DA's website will be especially helpful to business owners.
Rich said, "The merchants, the actual businesses, can go on line and create a 'Most Wanted' poster of people that have written them bad checks and put it up in their business."
What's more, there's a place where people convicted of the crime can also pay on line by credit card.
Merchants like the owner of Inside Up boutique in downtown Mobile are just finding out about the new program.
Becky Nance said it sounded like a good idea.
She said, "We don't have a big problem with that. We have had a couple of issues that ended up being resolved, but, it takes time, and it costs money."
BAD CHECKS HURT EVERYONE
Bad checks don't just hurt merchants: they hurt all of us.
Rich said, "Someone goes into a business, buys goods, writes the merchant a bad check, then, the merchant has to end up paying for that merchandise that has basically been stolen from them. And, the way that merchant does that is passes along the costs to all of us."
Rich also said she's investigating 36,000 pending bad check cases in Mobile.
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