Bad Check Restitution

As your District Attorney, I am troubled by the damage done to innocent parties by those who pass bad checks to local businesses. Merchants lose millions of dollars every year due to offenders who pass bad checks. Bad checks affect our entire community. Merchants are forced to raise the prices they charge all of us for goods and services to offset the losses they suffer from bad checks. The dollars needed to fund law enforcement and prosecution efforts to hold these offenders accountable increase every year.

To fight this growing problem, I have organized the Bad Check Restitution Program to help victims of bad checks recover complete and quick restitution without increasing the financial burden on taxpayers and the criminal justice system.  Please note, the Bad Check Restitution program is for checks under $2000.**

Through the program, we give first time bad check offenders the opportunity to avoid criminal prosecution by paying immediate and full restitution and attending a mandatory educational class. We do all this without any additional expense to the taxpayers of Dauphin County. 

I encourage local businesses to participate in this program. The Bad Check Restitution Program is a proven, effective way to help victims recover their financial losses, hold first time offenders accountable and reduce the negative effects of bad checks at no cost to law abiding citizens of our county.

Working together, we can stop the passing of bad checks in Dauphin County.

Fran Chardo
District Attorney of Dauphin County, PA

**For Bad Check claims of $2000 or more, please fill out a private criminal complaint and submit it to your local Magisterial District Justice office. Private criminal complaint forms can be found here