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Eaton County Court Amnesty Progam

February 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019

The 56A District Court, Juvenile Court and Friend of the Court in Eaton County announce an AMNESTY PROGRAM for individuals delinquent on payments. The amnesty program is a one-time program offering waivers of late fees, credits and warrant cancellations to individuals upon payment of court ordered obligations.

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  • This announcement does not preclude an individual’s arrest on a valid warrant PRIOR to his/her appearance at the court.
  • Upon conclusion of the amnesty period, no further consideration will be given and enforcement will resume in earnest for arrests on outstanding warrants.

Complete descriptions for each court can be found at the below links.

56A District Court Amnesty Program

Juvenile Court Amnesty Program

Friend of the Court Amnesty Program

 


 

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Announcing Eaton County's New GIS Open Data Portal

As part of Eaton County's GIS Open Data Initiave, the County has decided to offer Eaton County base GIS data layers for download. This portal makes available data that Eaton County has approved in terms of its GIS Open Data Policy. By sharing this data, the County aims to increase transparency in its processes and actively involve residents and other stakeholders in local government, as well as promote economic opportunity. Please note that by accessing the content of the GIS Open Data Portal, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Please read the Terms of Use before accessing the data.

GIS Open Data Portal 


Treasurer and Clerk Offer Delta Township Office Hours

Eaton County Clerk Diana Bosworth and Eaton County Treasurer Bob Robinson now offer service hours in the Delta Township Administration Building at 7710 W. Saginaw Highway in Lansing.

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Delta office Hours - Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

County Clerk  

First and third Friday of each month

County Treasurer

Second and fourth Friday of each month

(Office located in the lower level of the Delta Township building.)

Link to Information Brochure  


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PAY DELINQUENT REAL PROPERTY TAXES ONLINE 
Eaton County Treasurer, Bob Robinson, announced this month that Eaton County property owners have a new and convenient way to make delinquenttaxpayments.  The treasurer’s office has contracted with Official Payments, a leading provider of electronic payment solutions to offer delinquent tax payment processing over the Internet through credit card and debit card transaction.  Visa, Discover, and MasterCard debit and credit cards will be accepted. This new service offers taxpayers a fast and efficient way to pay online and reduces manual processing time in the treasurer’s office.

“Through a unique partnership with Official Payments and BS&A Software, taxpayers can get online, pay, and process their delinquent tax payments instantly, in real time,” said Robinson.  “This is part of our ongoing work to increase efficiency in the treasurer’s office.  It can also help folks avoid last minute additional fees and interest on their past due real property taxes.”

For more information, go to http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/county-treasurer 

 

Economic Crimes Unit

UPDATED: February 19, 2019

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Merchant Tips

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Sharon S. Park 
Eaton County Prosecuting Attorney,
Economic Crimes Unit

 

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Bad Check Diversion Program

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Retail Fraud Diversion Program

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Statistics

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Unreturned Rental Property Diversion

 


 

Over $6,945,000 in Restitution Returned to Area Merchants since 2002!

 


LOCATION:
The Economic Crimes Unit office is a located in the Lansing Mall,
near the Mall offices behind the Food Court.


CONTACT NUMBERS:
Phone (517) 543-4647 ~ Fax (517) 543-4863


E-MAIL:
ecu@eatoncounty.org


HOURS:
8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

 

 Pamphlets, Forms & Documents

Bad Check Program Brochure & Forms

Stop Bad Check Losses (brochure)
Eaton County Merchants' Bad Check Complaint Form (rev Jan. 2019)
Eaton County Notice Letter (rev Jan. 2019)
Eaton County Merchants' Warning Sign 

Ingham County Merchants' Bad Check Complaint Form (rev Jan. 2019)
Ingham County Bad Check Notice Letter (rev Jan. 2019)

Electronic Funds Transfer

Eaton County Electronic Funds Transfer Complaint form (rev Jan. 2019)
Eaton County Electronic Funds Transfer Notice Letter (rev Jan. 2019)

Ingham County Electronic Funds Transfer Complaint form (rev Jan. 2019)
Ingham County Electronic Funds Transfer Notice Letter (rev Jan. 2019)

Unreturned Rental Property Diversion Program Forms

Merchant's Rental Property Complaint Form (send to ECU) (rev Jan. 2019)
Merchant's Rental Property Notice Letter (send to Customer(rev Jan. 2019)
ECU letter re: new Unreturned Rental Property Diversion program 
Rental Warning Sign 


Retail Fraud Program Forms

Cognitive Consultants website
Cognitive Consultants: Informed Consent Form (66 kb)
Cognitive Consultants: MapQuest.com directions to office


 

Everyone knows that bad checks are bad news to merchants and honest customers alike. Merchants lose thousands of dollars a year, and customers pay higher prices passed on by merchants to offset their losses.

In the past, merchants trying to get their money back from these criminals had two choices: (1) try to sue, which was cumbersome and expensive; or (2) report it to the police, which could take months and often resulted in little, if any, justice.

The Economic Crimes Unit (ECU), which began in October 2002, gives merchants a third choice. Merchants refer bad check cases to the ECU, which reviews the facts and decides if the bad check writer qualifies for a diversion program. Those who qualify must repay the merchant the amount of the bad check and bank fees, plus pay the Unit a separate diversion-programming fee. Some participants will be required to attend an economics crime course. Those who comply will not be formally charged for writing the bad check. It's a win-win situation: merchants get their money back and the bad check writers pay for their own investigation and prosecution.

Formal criminal prosecution will remain an option for the ECU. However, it is reserved for repeat offenders, bad check writers with extensive criminal histories, or those bad check writers who fail to comply with the diversion program.

Since 2002, the ECU's diversion program has expanded beyond Eaton County bounced check cases to now include many of the Michigan Secretary of State's and the Ingham County Prosecutor's bad check cases; retail fraud (shoplifting); failure to return rental property (ranging from rental cars, to commercial contracts for rent-to-own home items, to library books); welfare fraud; social security fraud; and electronic fund transfer cases.

The ECU is a business approach to business crimes. Participation in the Economic Crimes Unit will benefit all law-abiding citizens as well as help businesses improve their bottom line.

 


 

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Merchant Tips

 

 


Cashing a check is a privilege, not a right.


A check is not an I.O.U. The full amount of the funds should be in the bank at the time of the transaction.

A merchant has the right to refuse to accept a check from anyone, and may ask for another form of payment for goods or services.

 

 

Tips for Accepting Checks

  1. Institute and display a check acceptance policy for your employees and customers.
  2. Look at the Check !!!
  3. Be suspicious of checks that have a low check number, a handwritten check number, or no printed name.
  4. Checks must be dated the same day they are given.
  5. Do not accept pre-signed checks. All checks should be signed in your presence.
  6. Ask for government issued picture ID or Driver's License. Compare the signatures on the identification provided with the one on the check. Write down the ID number yourself Do not let the check writer to write down their identification numbers. (Your personal handwriting is a good way for you to authenticate that you processed that check.) If the identification number is printed on the check, still verify the number with the ID card.
         Tip: The first 3 numbers on a Michigan Driver's License must be 000 or between 100-666 (with no digit greater than 6) or between 726-730.
  7. Make sure that the numeric dollar amount matches the written dollar amount.
  8. Require a permanent street address not a P.O. Box number.
  9. Do not accept "starter checks".
  10. Do not accept checks from persons who live and/or bank out of state. (It is hard for prosecutors to get out-of-state bank records, and prosecutors may decline to formally extradite such a defendant from that state.)
  11. If a person has given you a bad check before, DO NOT ACCEPT ANOTHER ONE unless the former bad check has been cleared and paid off.

 

Detecting Fraudulent Checks

    • Check the finish on the black magnetic computer numbers on the bottom. True magnetic ink is very dull, not shiny.
    • Look for at least one perforated edge on the check. All checks, except some government or computer-produced checks, should have a perforated edge.
    • Look for any words or numbers that appear to have been altered. Look for different handwriting, different color ink, or any other suspicious differences.
    • Look for changes or additions to the name of the payee. If the color, density or writing of the name appears different, there may have been an alteration.

 

 


 

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ECU Stats

Statistics

STATS SINCE THE E.C.U. OPENED
(2002 - 2018)
Money Collected for Area Merchants $7,508,490.06
Bad Check Cases $2,659,037.82
Retail Fraud Cases $731,831.86
Rental Property Cases $272,130.64
Welfare Fraud Cases $1,057,374.74
Social Security Fraud Cases $68,339.25
Secretary of State Cases $2,254,190.37
Electronic Fund Transfer Cases $95,669.90
Ingham County Bad Check Cases $230,199.98
Other $139,715.50


 

RESTITUTION RETURNED TO MERCHANTS BY FISCAL YEAR
(2002 - 2018)
2003 $168,523.77
2004 $224,608.89
2005 $362,999.42
2006 $393,754.63
2007 $504,669.37
2008 $568,685.61
2009 $535,808.06
2010 $667,038.17
2011 $554,298.17
2012 $474,846.81
2013 $457,560.11
2014 $511,729.52
2015 $622,080.17
2016 $464,843.18
2017 $443,557.09
2018 $562,919.09
TOTAL $7,508,490.06

 


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