Mark,Thank you for your follow-up. That helps. Typically seeking 'justice' may end up costing you far more time, money, and resources which you may practically wish to keep to yourself. Just one comment before I explain your options--both the police and the DA have the choice and the ability to choose (or elect not to choose) to bring charges. If they refuse, you can attempt to contact your state's attorney general's office and see if they are willing to pursue. I realize that is potentially unfair to you but I wanted to point out that in this instance the fact that they chose not to pursue is at their discretion.As for the most practical solution, it truly is small claims court. The amount you are seeking is below the threshold and you can also add filing fees to the amount you are suing for, as well as a bounced check fee that your bank likely charged you when his check did not clear. It also allows you to self-represent. You can bring copies of the check and copies of the parts you ordered for him which he failed to compensate you for. Then, if you prevail, you can pursue collections. Here is where it may get a bit obnoxious against this person--Kansas rules permit you to collect an interest rate of at the least 10% per annum on any uncollected judgment amounts. So if he refuses to pay, the rate and the amount that is owed to you will grow. If he refuses to pay you go back to court, domesticate the order, then attempt to record it against his bank account (which you know as you have a copy of his check) via a bank levy. Or you can seek it against his other assets, or via a wage garnishment. The cost of garnishment is attached to the judgment, which continues to grow. It is quite possible that if he refuses to pay, if done correctly, he may end up ultimately paying out far more to you than he initially attempted to defraud.(here is the statute on the interest rate: http://kansasstatutes.lesterama.org/Chapter_16/Article_2/16-204.html)Hope that helps.
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