What is the Worthless Check Unit?

The Worthless Check Unit operates within the Office of Solicitor to provide for the collection and distribution of restitution to the victims of worthless checks.

The Program transfers the collection process from the victim to the Solicitor’s Office, reducing the victim’s work and cost associated with collections. The traditional prosecution of worthless checks is still the law.

Participation by a victim in the Worthless Check Program is optional.

The Worthless Check Program is selfsustaining under the control and supervision of Solicitor Thurmond’s Office and is supported through cooperation of the judicial, law enforcement, and community service agencies. Operational costs are recovered from the offenders.

The establishment of a Worthless Check Unit within Solicitor Thurmond's Office has been authorized by the Legislature in S.C. Code of Laws Section 17-22-710 and is in partnership with the county governing body.

How does this benefit me?

When full restitution for a worthless check is made, the payment will be sent directly to you at the address specified on the complaint form.

You are entitled to receive the full face value of the worthless check and any statutorily approved service charges as a result of the worthless check.

What Kind of Checks Can I Report?
Checks qualify if:

  • Given for labor (payroll checks) or personal services
  • Given in payment of
    - Merchandise
    - Cash
    - Services
  • All checks must be deposited within 10 days of receipt.
  • Returned by the bank because of
    - Insufficient funds
    - Account closed
    - Stop payment

Note: Checks should be submitted to the Worthless Check Unit for collection with the completed complaint forms within twenty (20) days of the date the check was presented to
you.

Why types of Checks Cannot be Reported?
Checks do not qualify if:

  • Post dated check
  • Agreement to hold check at the time of the transaction\
  • Victim had reason to believe check was no good upon receipt
  • Forgery:
    - Stolen checks
    - Fictitious account
    - Signature irregular

Checks that do not qualify under this program may be in violation of another law (i.e. forgery) and will be prosecuted pursuant to the appropriate statute.