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Investigators Begin Bad Check Round-Up

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Investigators are crisscrossing North Alabama to look for people known to bounce checks. March 3, 2014 is the first day of the Madison County Worthless Check Round-up.

The investigators named their top 10, but have many more bad check writers to catch. The investigators want all of them to know the game is over.

Workers in the Madison County Worthless Check Division spent the month of February looking at open cases. They put a name to each file and have a different strategy for March.

“We’re going to concentrate on strictly going out to lock these people up,” said Madison County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Kevin Turner.

Turner is one of the investigators looking for the county’s bad check writers.

He released pictures of the county’s 10 most wanted. He hopes someone recognizes the people accused of being the county’s biggest thieves.

“When you go out and write a bad check to a merchant, it’s the same as stealing. It is the same as robbing someone of their money,” added Turner.

Turner knows it will take time to get each of them.

“If they can get up here before we catch them, they are more than welcome to pay it off.  If not, we are going to put them in jail,” added Turner.

Investigators arrested one suspect at work.

“We try to work with them as much as we can, but when it gets down to crunch time, if they’re not going to live up to their end to pay these checks, we have to lock them up and serve warrants,” added Turner.