HISTORY & PURPOSE
Worthless Check Section
Hundreds of thousands of dollars are literally stolen from businesses and
individuals in Kerr County every year. This crime occurs not with a gun or
threats of violence, but with a simple piece of paper and a pen. It is the
criminal offense of "Theft-by-Check".
The unique nature of this offense is that the victim usually
does not know he or she is a victim of a crime until several
weeks after the initial event took place. Further, this
particular criminal offense often has a "ripple" effect on the
public in that the original criminal conduct not only impacts
the original victim, but in the case of a merchant victim, the
loss is frequently passed on to the consumers making them
victims as well. The County Attorney's Hot Check division has
historically collected in excess of 85% of the checks forwarded
to this office, and we have done so at no cost to the tax-payer.
This program is fully funded by statutory collection fees paid
by the hot-check writers.