Authorities Conduct Hot Check Raid - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/1/04

Authorities Conduct Hot Check Raid

Thirteen teams of two law officers each eagerly geared up, Thursday night at the Lubbock County Courthouse to serve over 150 warrants for hot checks in Lubbock and Hockley counties. They were looking to collect a total restitution of $90,000. Will Calfin, an Investigator at the Lubbock County DA's hot check office explians where that money goes, saying, "Directly back to the merchants, that's always our main goal."

With that goal in mind, Wll and his partner for the night, Game Warden Quentin Terrel, head out. As can be expected, on many stops they find no one is home, but a few bring some luck. Will tells one woman, "I want you at the hot check office at 8:30 in the morning."

As the sun goes down, the team forges ahead.  One hot check writer tries to tell them he's not their man, but an ID check says otherwise.  Will says, "I've got lots of interesting stories, sometimes they'll go out the back door, sometimes they may slam the door in your face." Quentin says, "You just never know what's gonna happen. Every day you never know what's gonna happen."

Luckily, on Thursday everyone cooperated for Wll and Qentin, the most resistance they got was a man who asked to finish his dinner first.  But there was no time for dinner.  From his home, the hot check writer went straight to the courthouse and if he couldn't pay up, he went across the street to county jail.

At last check, 51 hot check writers had been taken to jail or worked out a deal with the DA's office Thursday night. The Lubbock County DA's Office says they have an open door policy and will work with anyone who needs to pay for a bad check they've written. They say they'd rather get that money back to merchants than put people in jail.

They encourage anyone who's written a hot check to call them at (806) 775-1111.

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