The Bogus Check Restitution Program was established in February of 1983 under the guidelines of 22 O.S. (1982) 111 et seq, to assist citizens of District 21 with the collection and/or prosecution of bogus checks. The program is designed to deter the writing of bogus checks by providing restitution to the victim without inundating the court system with criminal charges.
District 21 now accepts credit and debit card payments through
AllPaid. Payments can be made with a major credit, debit
or prepaid debit card.
Bogus Check Program FAQ
A check enters the system when a merchant or citizen submits the check along with an information form and a signed and notarized affidavit. The check must fall under the guidelines of a false and bogus check as outlined in the bogus check statute.
The District Attorney’s Office will provide you with the necessary forms and is happy to advise you on check acceptance practices that will maximize our ability to collect on your checks. We are also available to speak to groups or clubs to explain the Bogus Check Program.
Checks are collected at NO COST to the merchant. In fact, the law allows the Bogus Check Division to collect the amount of the check plus a $25 fee for the merchant and any bank fee charged to the merchant when the check did not clear the writer’s account.
Hot check writers are required to pay fees that fund all costs associated with the program. This allows the Bogus Check Program to operate at no cost to the merchant and with no expenditure of taxpayer dollars.
Payouts are made monthly and are disbursed at the beginning of the month for the prior month. These payouts may be for partial amounts of what is owed, or they may be the full amount. If you have multiple checks submitted to our office, the check will include payments on all accounts received during the prior week. The check stub will list the person(s) and amount paid for each account.
If you receive notification that you have had a check turned into our office for collection, it is imperative that you contact us as soon as possible to pay the check and fees in full or set up a payment arrangement. Once a check has been submitted to us for collection you can no longer make payment directly to the merchant. Failure to act promptly could result in your file being screened for criminal charges.
Payments may be made in person or by mail at the District Attorney’s Offices in Cleveland, McClain, or Garvin counties. You MAY NOT pay by personal check or cash.
, For more information concerning the process for making payments, you may go to https://damashburn.com/payments/ Be sure that your payment it clearly identified with your name and type of payment (i.e., bogus check, 991 costs, etc.). Our office receives several types of payments, so be sure it is clear where the payment should be applied.
If the check was written on or before the date(s) of the checks already submitted to the program, they would be added to your current payment plan. If they are written after that date, your restitution agreement will be terminated and your file submitted for screening for criminal charges.
Restitution agreements are designed to allow checkwriters to pay off the checks and avoid criminal charges. Failure to follow your restitution agreement will result in your case being submitted for screening for criminal charges. When charges are filed, a warrant is issued for your arrest.
If you are convicted on the bogus check charge, the judge will likely order restitution on the checks as part of your sentence. Our office also collects these court-ordered restitution payments. In addition, to check restitution, defendants are required to pay court costs to the Court Clerk’s office.
If you have other questions about the Bogus Check Program, please contact the District Attorney’s Office in Cleveland County (405) 366-0269, McClain County (405) 527-6574, or Garvin County (405) 238-7368 and ask to speak to someone in the Bogus Check Division.
- Always ask for a current ID (preferably a photo copy), get the Driver’s License Number, Date of Birth, and Expiration Date
- Make sure the check has today’s date on it and not a past or future date
- Don’t agree to hold the check
- The check should be signed in your presence
- Print the name of the signer if it is a business check or if you are unable to read the check
- Make sure it is not a payroll check or a two-party check
- Record all numbers, letters, and state information if the ID is from a different state