About the Program
The Bogus Check services provided by the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office has benefited many Oklahoma County merchants. Each year the business community loses millions of dollars as a result of bogus checks. Many businesses have actually had to close their doors because of these losses. To assist in the fight against crime, the Bogus Check Restitution Program was established and designed to recover as much of the merchant's money as possible.
Since its inception in 1982, the District Attorney's Office has collected and returned over 50 million dollars to the merchants of Oklahoma County. This program is of no burden to the taxpayers of the State of Oklahoma and is available to all merchants free of charge - as it is solely funded by the fees assessed to the bogus check writers.
If you are a merchant, call the Bogus Check Division at 405-713-1698 if you would like more information concerning this program. Please feel free to read the Welcome Letter from David Prater (PDF) for more information.
Merchant Packet & Forms
The Oklahoma County Bogus Check and Restitution Program require that victims register with our office. To do so, please fill out and return the Merchant Packet form (PDF).
- Is it a crime to bounce a check?
- Is the business or individual to whom the check was written required to notify you if the check gets returned before proceeding with criminal action?
- Must my returned check be presented to my bank twice before criminal action can be taken?
- What can happen to me if I write a check that does not clear the bank?
- I did not realize there were not sufficient funds in my account. Can I still be penalized if my check is returned?
- Can a business refuse to take my check?
- When passing a check, do I have to provide the information required by some businesses?
- I have a practice of "floating" checks a few days before payday. How many days does it take a check to clear the bank?