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Programs: Worthless Checks



Worthless Checks are a Crime: Under New Mexico State Law, passing a bad check in the amount of $25.00 or more is prosecutable as a 4th degree felony. The law allows for a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of $1000. 

Our office operates a Bad Check Restitution Program with the goal of obtaining full-restitution for victims. 

Check Eligibility:

  • The amount is no more than $5000 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar requirements.

  • The check was issued in the 13th Judicial District (Cibola, Sandoval and Valencia counties), deposited in a bank in exchange for goods, or services and presumed “good” at the time of acceptance.

  • A “certified worthless check notice” was sent to the check writer allowing 10 days to make the check good.

  • A photo I.D. (driver’s license, military I.D., state identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction. 

Ineligible Checks:

  • Post-dated.

  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at time of the transaction.

  • Two-party, stop payment, rent or government check.

  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.

  • The numeric and written amounts on the check do not match.

  • The check involves an “extension of credit” or was payment on account.

  • The check has not been processed by the bank.  In the event the program is unsuccessful in collecting restitution, the District Attorney’s office will file a felony case against the individual in Magistrate court.

For additional information please contact:
Nina Salazar, Special Programs Administrator

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