In 2012, 13th Circuit Solicitor Walt Wilkins started the Worthless Check Program to help collect monies on bad checks and to distribute restitution to the victims. The Program transfers the collection process from the victim to the Solicitor’s Office, eliminating the victim’s work and cost associated with collections. The traditional prosecution of worthless checks is still the law. Participation by a victim in the Worthless Check Program is FREE.
The Worthless Check Program is self-sustaining under the control and supervision of Solicitor Wilkins’ Office and is supported through cooperation of the judicial, law enforcement, County Council and community service agencies. Operational costs are recovered from the offenders, not the victim.
Upon full collection of a worthless check, Solicitor Wilkins’ Office will send a check to the victim for the full amount of the check plus all legally approved service charges.
“It could take months or even years for businesses to be able to track down the money from bad checks on their own,” said Solicitor Wilkins. “The Worthless Check Program allows the solicitor’s office us to efficiently track down the money instead—allowing businesses to keep doing what matters most.”
A few recent restitution beneficiaries of the Worthless Check Program include Toyota of Easley, Pita House, Two Men and a Truck, Tommy’s Ham House and Pink Bee of Greenville.
Solicitor Walt Wilkins has recovered over $2.4 million for local businesses through the Worthless Check Program.
To learn how your business can receive restitution on bad checks, please see the official program page at http://www.greenvillecounty.org/solicitor/worthless_check_program.asp