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Writing Bad Checks in Oklahoma

In Oklahoma, it is against the law to write a check for an amount of money that is greater than the amount you have in the bank.

Common terms include:

  • - Bouncing
  • - Kiting
  • - Floating

Sometimes this can happen accidentally; however there are instances when this is done intentionally to either defraud a company or individual. No matter the reason, if you write a bad check, you can be charged with a crime.

Penalties for a Bad Check

If you wrote a bad check for less than $500, you can be charged with misdemeanor check fraud, punishable by a maximum $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.

If the value of the check was between $500 and $1,000, you will be charged with a felony, punishable by a fine of $5,000, restitution and up to one year in jail.

Writing a bad check of $1,000 or more (either as one check or several) is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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