What happens after the check is accepted by Diversion Services?

Prior to filing criminal charges in most cases, the check-writer has an opportunity to pay off the check and fees associated with it. When Diversion receives a check from the merchant, letters are sent to the check-writer at their last known address (usually the address on the check).

The letters notify the check-writer that a bad check has been received and inform the check-writer of the process that will take place, and how the check-writer can avoid criminal prosecution. The letter will advise the signer that a criminal complaint has been made against them and that they have 10 days to pay the bad check(s) plus the fee(s). Check writers are instructed to make all payments to Diversion Services. All monies collected during a month are paid out to the appropriate victims during the first half of the following month.

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1. Someone has written a bad check to my business. What can I do?
2. What happens after a bad check is turned over to Diversion by the merchant?
3. What happens after the check is accepted by Diversion Services?
4. Can a merchant take a payment after a check has been turned over to Diversion?
5. Is there a minimum/maximum amount of a bad check that can be processed by Diversion?
6. How do I make payment on my bad check?
7. What happens if the check-writer does not respond to the letters from Diversion?
8. What happens after criminal charges are filed?
9. How do you determine if someone is eligible for the bad check program that can result in a dismissal of charges?
10. What is the bad check program?