Economic Crimes Unit

UPDATED: October 12, 2018




Merchant Tips

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


Stop Bad Check Losses (brochure)


Retail Fraud Diversion Program


Bad Check Diversion Program


Announcements & Upcoming Events


Unreturned Rental Property Diversion


Stats & Newsletters



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


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

Phone (517) 543-4647 ~ Fax (517) 543-4863


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


Bad Check Program Forms

ECU Merchants' Complaint Form
ECU Notice Letter
Warning Sign for display by Merchants

Electronic Funds Transfer

Electronic Funds Transfer Letter
Electronic Funds Transfer Complaint

Unreturned Rental Property Diversion Program Forms

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

Retail Fraud Program Forms

Cognitive Consultants


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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