A special Bad Check Diversion Program is offered through the Noble County Prosecutor's Office. The Program is designed to obtain full restitution for the victims of bad checks without adding to the financial burden of the criminal justice system.

Like the Pre-Trial Diversion Program, the Bad Check Diversion Program is a voluntary program for persons accused of passing checks that were not honored for payment when presented. Typically, these are checks that were not honored due to “Non-Sufficient Funds” (“NSF”) or checks that were written on closed accounts. However, unlike the Pre-Trial Diversion Program, criminal charges are not filed if the person agrees to make restitution, pay the fees associated with the check and with the Program, and participate in a check writing class.

Persons who complete the Program receive multiple benefits. They avoid having criminal charges filed against them. They also benefit from an educational class that teaches them financial responsibility so that they are less likely to pass bad checks in the future. Further, victims are paid restitution and the court system saves costs by reducing the number of active court cases, which also frees prosecutorial and judicial resources for concentration on major cases.

Eligibility is at the complete discretion of the Noble County Prosecutor. Checks that are referred to the Office are reviewed. If eligible, they are sent to Victim Services, Inc., a private entity under contract with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Victim Services, Inc. then assumes responsibility for collecting restitution, fees, and administering the check class. If a person begins the Program, and then violates any terms of their Agreement, then the check is returned to the Prosecutor’s Office for review for filing criminal charges. If the person completes the Program, including the payment of restitution and all fees and completion of the check writing class, then the restitution is paid to the victim through the Prosecutor’s Office and the matter is closed.

If you are eligible for the Program, you will be contacted. If you were unable to be located and charges were filed against you, you may still be eligible for the Pre-Trial Diversion Program.