Non-Sufficient Funds Check Program
California Penal Code Section 476a makes it a crime to intentionally pass a check with the intent to defraud, knowing there is insufficient funds to fulfill the check upon presentation.
The Huntington Beach Police Department has established the following guidelines to standardize the reporting process.
A check is ELIGIBLE if:
- It was deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed “good” at the time of acceptance.
- The goods have not been returned, or the services have been rendered.
- The check was returned as “account closed” of “NSF.”
- A Courtesy Notice was sent to the check writer via Certified Mail, allowing 10 days from time of receipt, to make the check good. (A link to the Courtesy Notice Form is provided at the bottom of this page.)
- If the complete report is submitted to the HBPD within 90 days from the date on the check.
- A government issued photo ID number, of the check writer, was documented (in person) at the time of the transaction.
- The original check, or a copy of the check must be available and submitted.
A check will be INELIGIBLE for follow-up investigation if the above mentioned criteria is not met, or:
- The check was post-dated.
- Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of transaction.
- The check is an out-of-state, two-party, rent, government, or payroll check.
- The identity of the check writer is unknown.
- There is no amount, date, or signature on the check.
- It has not been processed by a bank.
- The check involved an “extension of credit,” a loan, or payment on an account.
- The property has been returned or no services were rendered.
- The check was received in the mail.
- The check was transmitted electronically.
If all of the above criteria have been met, you may file a report with an officer at the front desk of the Huntington Beach Police Department. Prior to arriving at the police department, make sure you fill out the Personal Affidavit form linked below.
Courtesy Notice Form
Personal Affidavit Form
If you would like to seek civil remedies, you can click on the following link to the Office of the Attorney General for more information on where and how to file a lawsuit.
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