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District attorney cracking down on people writing bad checks

by: Christine McCarthy

 Many Waco retailers are rejecting check payments from customers after a long history of hot checks being made out.

Sales associate Kim Duncan of Ace Hardware says the store is no longer accepting checks over one hundred dollars.

"It's been a big problem.  We put a cap on ours just to stop most of ours," Duncan says.

In past years, a lack of prosecution against hot checks has condoned such fraudulent activity.  McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna says the old policy of dealing with hot checks is equivalent to a short-term loan for criminals.

"You write a hot check in McLennan County,  you're going to be prosecuted for it and you better pay what you owe to these merchants and these businesses here," Reyna says.

While many businesses say they're no longer accepting any checks at all, the district attorney is confident that his new policy will continue to help those who do.

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