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WilCo launching 2014 Hot Check Roundup

Updated: Tuesday, April 29 2014, 06:39 PM CDT

Pay up or go to jail, that's the message to people who have written bad checks in Williamson County.

On Tuesday, the Williamson County Attorney's office launched their hot check warrant round-up.

To find a 'hot check' victim -- look no further than your neighborhood convenience store.

"It's an ongoing problem, it certainly is," says Nancy Rabb, who owns 18 Wag-a-Bag locations throughout Williamson and Travis county. "It is a big loss of revenue, and we have check verification, but checks do slip through."

That loss trickles down to you, which is why she's getting help.

There are 175-warrants issued as part of the hot check roundup.

The most wanted are repeat offenders and owe more than $50,000 altogether.

"There are thieves among us," says County Attorney Dee Hobbs, who equates writing bad checks with shoplifting. "This is theft and that's what people need to understand."

Hobbs says most business owners try and recuperate the money on their own but that doesn't always work out so well.

When a business owner asked one woman to pay a bad check, her response wasn't exactly TV friendly.

Rabb says, "People can ignore us, and that does happen, but when the county attorney goes after the person we get the check back, the amount of the check plus the charge."

From now through May 3, if offenders pay the check, they won't be arrested.

"If you choose not to, that's where law enforcement comes in," says Hobbs.

If you help track down one of the most wanted, you could get a $2,000 reward.

For more information on the hot check roundup, go to: http://www.wilco.org/CountyDepartments/CountyAttorney/HotChecksDivision/tabid/224/language/en-US/Default.aspx.

By Lydia Pantazes

WilCo launching 2014 Hot Check Roundup


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