Worthless Check Unit

The Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Worthless Check Unit (WCU) was established in January of 1985.  Prior to that time, victims of worthless checks were required to go through a long and inefficient process in order to prosecute an individual who’d presented them with a worthless check.  The passage of a statute by the Alabama Legislature allowed District Attorneys to establish a unit specializing in the prosecution of worthless check offenses and the collection of restitution in those cases.  This served to streamline the process and shortened the time it takes victims to recover their losses.

    Since the establishment of the Worthless Check Unit in Tuscaloosa County, the office has returned over sixteen million dollars in restitution and fees to merchants and other victims of worthless checks in Tuscaloosa County.   Between 2003 and 2009, 53,000 worthless checks were referred to the WCU for prosecution.  96% of those cases were cleared either through payment of restitution directly to the WCU or through District Court subsequent to prosecution.

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Overview

The Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Worthless Check Unit (WCU) was established in January of 1985. Prior to that time, victims of worthless checks were required to go through a long and inefficient process in order to prosecute an individual who’d presented them with a worthless check.

Criteria for Filing a Worthless Check Complaint

In order for the Worthless Check Unit to accept a worthless check for prosecution, the following criteria MUST be met: --The transaction in which the worthless check was presented must have taken place in TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, ALABAMA. A worthless check mailed from another locale (including another state) may be referred to the WCU if it was mailed/delivered to Tuscaloosa County.

Process For Filing a Worthless Check Complaint

PROCESS FOR FILING A WORTHLESS CHECK COMPLAINT In order to file a worthless check complaint with the Worthless Check Unit, the following steps must be taken:

Worthless Check Unit FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Who is eligible to utilize the services of the Worthless Check Unit? Any person or business who has received a worthless check while transacting business in Tuscaloosa County may utilize the services of the Worthless Check Unit.

Avoid Becoming a Victim

Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Worthless, Forged, or Counterfeit Checks Short of refusing to accept checks as a form of payment, there is no way to guarantee that you will not be the victim of a worthless, forged, or counterfeit check.

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