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.