If you paid the government of Guam with a check but you didn't have sufficient funds for it to clear, you might get sued by GovGuam.
Newly elected Attorney General Leevin Camacho on Friday announced the first under his watch of what could be hundreds of bounced-check cases that will be pursued by his office in partnership with the Department of Administration.
"The Office of the Attorney General is committed to assisting the government of Guam in the collection of money rightfully owed to the government," the AG's office stated. "(On Friday), the OAG filed an action on behalf of the Department of Administration against an individual whose check was rejected by the bank." The individual was not named and the amount owed was not made public.
As of Friday, at least 400 bounced checks have been identified that were issued to the Treasury of Guam, said AG's office spokeswoman Carlina Charfauros.
The cases will be pursued as a civil matter and will be prioritized based on the amount owed and the checks that are close to reaching the four-year limit to pursue a case.
"The partnership with the Department of Administration to collect on bad checks is just one part of a broader government of Guam collection effort. We are looking forward to other cooperative collection efforts, such as the tax recovery collection initiative with the Department of Revenue and Taxation," Camacho said.
DOA is responsible for administering all payments made to the government, and is actively working with the AG's office and referring unpaid checks for possible legal action.
An experienced team at the AG's office dedicated to reviewing and suing on bad checks, promissory notes and other defaulted payments to the government has been assembled. Five AG office attorneys and two support personnel have been assigned to assist in the effort.