POSTED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 5:48pm
EL PASO — El Paso officials announced Tuesday that they will be conducting a roundup of individuals with outstanding hot check warrants in El Paso County.
Thousands of names and addresses of individuals with outstanding warrants will be published on Sunday, April 1 by local media outlets and on the county website. Individuals wanting to avoid the publication of their names must pay their outstanding balances in full by Wednesday, March 28.
"We can see it happening now, because merchants are no longer accepting checks. It makes the ability for some people to pay a little harder. It rolls in more ways than just one," Constable Angie Sommers said.
The publication of the warrants list kicks-off a two-week amnesty period that runs from Sunday April 1 to Friday April 13. Individuals who take advantage of the amnesty period and pay their outstanding balances before Friday, April 13 will avoid arrest during an upcoming county-wide warrant roundup. Additionally, they will not have to pay extra fees, such as court costs, attorney fees, and the cost of posting a bond.
Residents with outstanding hot check warrants can make their payments in person at the following locations:
El Paso County Courthouse
500 E. San Antonio, room 503
M- F 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. El Paso County Ysleta Annex
9521 Socorro Rd., Suite A-3
M - F 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Additionally, during the amnesty period (April 1-13, 2012), residents of Northeast El Paso can make their payments in person at the following location:
El Paso County Attorney’s Northeast Annex Office
4641 Cohen St., Suite D
M- F 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Forms of payment accepted include credit cards, money orders, cashier checks, and cash; however, those paying with cash will have to bring the exact amount (cashiers cannot give change).
In addition, residents can make payments online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through “Hot Check E-pay,” by visiting the El Paso County Attorney’s Office web-page at https://www.epcounty.com/hotchecks/ .
For more information regarding hot check payments and balances please contact the El Paso County Attorney's Office Hot Check Unit at 546-2051 or visit the El Paso County Attorney’s Office web site at: www.epcounty.com/CA .
There are currently more than 2,700 names in the County's hot checks warrants list who owe local merchants more than $2.13 million dollars.