VICTIM SERVICES Fifteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program

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VICTIM SERVICES Fifteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program

FALSELY REPRESENTING VICTIM SERVICES Fifteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program SOMEBODY USING THE NAME FOR THE ACTUAL ENTITY Victim Services, IncProgram Administrator of theFifteenth Judicial Circuit State AttorneyBad Check Restitution ProgramPO Box 350160Miami FL 33135-0160 Received 2 letter saying I wrote a bad check in March 2016 to Dr G upon verifying with my bank and DR G office there was no such check presented or rejected by my bank. Several people called me and I spoke with Pam on two occasions and they couldn’t provide a proof. COPIED AND PASTED FROM THE LETTER THAT THEY SENT. FIRST CLAIM FOR $130 AND THEN INCREASED TO $240. MIAMI Florida!!. I received one letter from this company falsley representing Victim Services – Program Administrator claiming I wrote a bad check to DR G’s office on March 2nd 2019 last year and that in addition to the check $50 administrative fee of $30 (they couldn’t verify which bank when I asked them) and then attotney and class fee added up to initially $130 and then $240. I never wrote a bad check in my life so I got suspicious and after they called me several times reported them to DO NOT CALL DIRECTORY. After receiving the second letter I called them and they could not provide the proof. I spoke with my bank that I’ve been with them for 20 years and they had no record of the rejected check on that day or any other day. This was also easily verified by calling DR G’s office as I have zero balance. Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Phone: (855)252-9820 Date of Notice: 02/23/2019 Reference #: 44847475 Balance Due: $240.0 You have been accused of writing a check that was refused for payment by the bank and of failing to respond to a written demand for payment. The Fifteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office has established a Bad Check Restitution Program (“Program”), which is administered by Victim Services, Inc., a private entity under contract with the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney. The Bad Check Restitution Program is authorized by the Florida legislature, and is a pre-charge program designed to allow people accused of having written bad checks to avoid the possibility of further action against the accused by the State Attorney’s Office. Participation in the Bad Check Restitution Program is voluntary. The State Attorney’s Office has reviewed a summary of the allegations and has determined that you are eligible for the Program. The State Attorney’s Office has not decided whether you should be charged with a crime. That decision will be made by that Office at a future date and may depend on many factors. Those factors could include: (1) the amount of the check (2) whether there is evidence and the weight of the evidence that you knowingly wrote a bad check; (3) your criminal record; and (4) the individual facts and circumstances of your case. Many cases are never prosecuted. A misdemeanor of a first degree conviction under Florida Statutes Title XLVI Crimes, Chapter 832, entitled “Violations Involving Checks and Drafts” is punishable by up to one (1) year in imprisonment and/or a fine up to $1,000 for a check in the amount less than $150. A felony of third degree conviction under this statute is punishable by up to five (5) years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5,000 for a check in excess of $150. See page 5 for details on the party(s) initiating this allegation. The Bad Check Restitution Program has two steps: 1. Pay all restitution on all reported checks, plus any administrative, returned item, and program fees. 2. Pay for and attend a Financial Accountability class. Fifteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program TOTAL BALANCE DUE: $240.00 You may dispute the validity of any bad check violation, as set forth on page 2 of this This communication is from Victim Services, Inc., a private entity administering the Bad Check Restitution Program under contract with the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office, at no cost to the taxpayer If you choose to participate in the Bad Check Restitution Program, and if you successfully complete the program’s two steps outlined above, the State Attorney’s Office will consider this matter resolved. For additional information or if you believe you received this Notice in error, please see the reverse side. To Make Payment/Schedule Class, call (855)252-9820 or www.checkprogram.com Reference Number: 44847475 Password: 41890282 PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: CREDIT & DEBIT CARDS, MONEY ORDERS, OR CASHIER’S CHECK YOU MAY DISPUTE THE VALIDITY OF ANY ALLEGED BAD CHECK VIOLATION: If you notify Victim Services, Inc. in writing not later than 30 days after receiving this Notice that you dispute the allegations, no further restitution efforts will be pursued until the state attorney (or an employee of the state attorney authorized to make such a determination) makes a determination that there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed. THEY ARE USING LEGAL JARGON SO BE CAREFUL!!!!!!

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