Authorities work to return $160,000 in bad checks to merchants - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Authorities work to return $160,000 in bad checks to local businesses

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thursday evening authorities served warrants on people accused of writing bad checks to local businesses. They had 75 to serve in Lubbock County, but the hot check raids were also done in several other areas. Authorities knocked on suspect's homes and brought them to the Lubbock County courthouse where they had one option, pay up, or go to jail.

Authorities hoped to serve more than 150 warrants to account for around $160,000 in bad checks. Warrants were served in Lubbock, Hockley, Terry, Cochran, and Midland counties.

Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell said these people have had numerous chances to take care of their bad checks. One local supermarket was hit the hardest. "United Supermarkets are number one right now. They're one of the few bigger companies that take checks. I think they're the biggest victim of this," Powell said.

Between August 2010 and January 2011, United saw more than 600 bad checks totaling more than $50,000.

The total number of arrests weren't available late Thursday night, but should be ready Friday morning.

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