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I received two checks which were 1 returned for NSF and the

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I received two checks which were 1 returned for NSF and the other with a stop payment. My bank charged $90.00 in fees for these two checks. The person who wrote the checks lives in Lake County, IL what can I do to get the money that is owed to me?
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Under IL law, you need to send the party a letter demanding payment for the checks plus bank fees within 7 days of receipt of your letter. It must be sent certified mail with return receipt and keep a copy of the letter. In the letter you inform them that failure to make payment will result in you filing charges with the state's attorney for issuing bad checks and criminal charges that can result in prison time. If they fail to make good on the checks within the time specified, you take your copy of your letter with the return receipt card proving it was delivered to the state attorney's office and file criminal charges against them for issuing bad checks.

Your alternative is to file a civil suit in small claims but you have to do so in Lake County where the defendant lives and you can seek repayment for the checks, plus any costs and fees and the cost of filing in small claims court.

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