The Jessamine County Attorney's office has taken steps to improve the efficiency of its cold check program which will make it easier for merchants to collect their money.
Jessamine County Attorney Brian Goettl has hired Advent Financial Systems, an Elizabethtown-based company, to aid in the collection of cold checks using a Web-based service called "CheckRighter," which is currently used by 30 Kentucky counties.
This will eliminate a great deal of the administrative work associated with cold check collection from Goettl's office, and allows it to focus on the location and prosecution of cold check writers.
Once merchants present cold checks they have received, the check writer receives a standard "10-day letter," instructing them to make full payment on the check, in addition to the merchants and county attorney's handling fees. They must make payments to any Kentucky Bank. These payments are collected and mailed to merchants on two designated days each month. If someone fails to make a payment on a check within the 10-day time frame, they are immediately issued a summons or warrant, depending on the amount of the check or checks, and then scheduled for court.