The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department is able to process a bad check for you as a criminal matter. We do not get involved in the collection of funds. In order for us to handle your case you must:
- Have the original check
- Obtain a certificate of protest from the originating bank
- Send a registered (return receipt requested) letter demanding payment to the person who wrote the check
Once you have received the certificate of protest AND the return receipt of mailing, you must wait 10 business days from the date the letter was received by the check writer. When the 10-day period has passed, you should bring ALL of the documents with you, including a copy of the letter sent to the person who wrote the check, to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department.
The Desk Officer will take possession of the documents, initiate a police record (blotter number), and forward the file to the Detective Division. Upon being assigned the case a detective will contact you as soon as possible.
You will be signing a criminal complaint against the person who wrote you the bad check. A warrant will be issued for that person’s arrest.
Once the criminal complaint has been signed you may be required to appear in court and provide testimony.
After you have signed the criminal complaint and criminal action has been started, DO NOT ACCEPT ANY RESTITUTION. To do so will compromise the criminal case.
If you have any other questions, contact the Detective Division at 845-485-3670.