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Prosecuting Attorney
Peter J. Lucido

Consumer Protection UNIT

Our mission is to protect the public against the unscrupulous merchants and “con” artists who prey on the unsuspecting consumer and seek justice for the victims of financial crimes.

For over 30 years Macomb County consumers have enjoyed the protection provided by the Consumer Fraud Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office. The main goals of the unit are protection of the public against the unscrupulous merchant and prosecution of the “con” artists who prey on the unsuspecting consumer.

Members of the unit act as advocates for the consumer in disputes regarding new home construction, credit repair services, and furnace and plumbing repairs to name only a few.

Any person or business dealing with a Macomb County merchant may request a complaint form from the Consumer Fraud Unit. This form must be completed and returned to the Prosecutor’s Office, where each complaint receives individual attention from an attorney and/or investigator who will determine what action will be taken by the Unit.

Since 1973, the Consumer Fraud Unit has been dedicated to vigorously protecting the consumer. The Unit has handled thousands of complaints and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for the aggrieved public.

To file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Unit of the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, download the consumer complaint form, fill out the online consumer complaint form, or send a written complaint.

 

Bad Check Recovery

While any fraudulent or invalid check complaint can be brought to law enforcement, you have varying options when seeking restitution.

Has someone written you a bad check in Macomb County?

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to protecting the people of Macomb County from financial fraud. Your next step depends on the amount in question.

Was the check for more than $6,500?

If the amount in question is more than $6,500, you should always report the matter to your local police department so that they can begin a criminal investigation. Depending on their findings, they may present evidence to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office to initiate criminal proceedings. Contact your local police department for additional information.

Was the check for $6,500 or less?

If the amount in question is $6,500 or less, you could file a complaint in Small Claims Court to recover your loss. If you decide to take this route, you do not need an attorney, however, may wish to consult with an attorney to advise you. Alternatively, you could take the matter to a collections firm and see if they would be willing to work with you regarding the debt you are owed.