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Marshall County conducts roundup for bad check writers

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by Stephen McLamb email: smclamb@waff.com

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A roundup Tuesday morning in Marshall County sent 27 people to jail, not for drugs, but for bad checks.

People were given six weeks to pay up but the amnesty period is over and now law enforcement began rounding people up before dawn.

During the amnesty period, 500 cases were cleared up with people coming in and paying. But for those who didn't, the district attorney sent warrants out for people to be arrested.

"Until we collect, it's just money sitting out there. We lose," said Vickey Mitchell. Getting a bad check is bad for any business.

Ask Tobacco Express Manager Vickey Mitchell who has gotten some this week. With a bad check, she doesn't get her money but her bills still keep coming. "We have payroll, we have bills, we have merchandise to restock so it's really hard," said Mitchell.

There's not much Mitchell can do to make bad check writers pay, but District Attorney Steve Marshall's office can. "But those folks that choose not to there needs to be consequences," said Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall.

On Tuesday, bad check writers were welcomed at home by an officer with a warrant and taken to the county jail.

Marshall says they give people six weeks amnesty to pay before the roundup, which helps. "Not only in the nature of the money collected which has been over 120-thousand dollars for local merchants and individuals," said Marshall.

It's that money which will go back to the merchants who finally get paid, weeks, months, and sometimes years after getting a bad check. "When they're doing it knowing well they don't have the money it's really hard for us," said Mitchell.

So the DA's bad check writers roundup is good news for area businesses. "I'm all for the county roundups. I wish they would do them more often," said Mitchell.

So if you've got a bad check, now might be a good time to go to the district attorneys office and take care of it. While law enforcement found 27 people Tuesday, they're still actively looking for over 60 more.

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