Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office
779 Warren Road, Ithaca, New York, 14850, (607) 257-1345
DIRECTIONS FOR CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OF BAD CHECK COMPLAINTS:
Each year, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office entertains numerous Bad Check complaints.
To ensure that all complaints are handled in a timely manner, the following guidelines should be
adhered to by anyone filing a Bad Check complaint with the Sheriff’s Office.
Please note: Bad Check complaints will only be received for those uttered within the
jurisdiction of Tompkins County, and from areas within the county that do not have their own
law enforcement agency.
PRIOR TO ACCEPTING ANY CHECK, all businesses and persons accepting checks,
shall obtain proper identification from the person attempting to pass the check. Some examples
of valid forms of identification are: driver’s license, Sheriff’s ID, Military ID, DSS card,
passport, or any form of identification containing a photograph. After reviewing the
identification, the person accepting the check shall indicate on the check, what form of ID was
presented to them, along with any other identifiers that were present on the ID (i.e.: client ID #
on driver’s license).
1. Upon notice that you are holding a Bad Check, a Registered letter with return receipt
requested, MUST be sent to the maker of the check requesting restitution. (Somewhere
in the letter, it shall be included that if the matter is not resolved, the check will be
turned over to the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office for criminal prosecution).
2. If the maker of the check fails to contact you within ten (10) days of receipt of your letter
or if the letter is returned as undeliverable, THEN…
3. Protest the Bad Check at the bank it was drawn on (This is required by law).
4. Bring the following with you to the Sheriff’s Office:
a. The Bad Check (not a copy).
b. A copy of the registered letter sent to the maker with the returned receipt,
showing that the letter was signed for, or returned to sender.
c. The Bank Protest form (we only take compla