Bad Check Department

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Dear Business Owner or Manager:


The public suffers major financial harm when goods or services are “stolen” through the use of fraudulent or bad checks. 

The Missoula County Attorney’s Bad Check Division has been established to assist citizens and businesses in obtaining restitution for bad checks and to prosecute those offenders who habitually pass these checks.  Our primary goal is to obtain full restitution for the victims through a County Attorney supervised diversion program in which bad check writers are provided the option of making full restitution and paying the administrative fees in lieu of prosecution. Failure to complete the diversion program will result in the filing of a formal complaint.

The services of the Missoula County Attorney’s Office in obtaining restitution and prosecuting bad checks are free to you, the victim.  The issuers of bad checks  not you, will pay any administrative costs as provided by Montana law.

The Missoula County Attorney’s Office is committed to the protection of this community, As with any group of people combating a common problem, the more we cooperate with each other, the more successful we will be in this endeavor.  Please read the Bad Check Policy.




Kirsten H. Pabst

Missoula County Attorney