10A NCAC 71W .0603      LOST, STOLEN AND FORGED CHECKS

(a)  If a recipient reports that a state‑issued assistance check has been lost or stolen before he has endorsed it, the county department shall have the recipient sign an affidavit that he did not receive the check.  Within 10 days after the check is reported lost or stolen, the county department shall request a replacement check from the state office.

(1)           If the check has not been paid, the state shall issue a replacement check and issue a stop payment for the original check.

(2)           If the check has been paid, the state shall send to the county a photocopy of the endorsed check and a Forgery Affidavit.  The county shall compare, or shall arrange for comparison by experts in the field of document examination, the endorsement to other known signatures of the payee.

(A)          If forgery is suspected, the county shall submit to the state the completed and signed Forgery Affidavit.  The state shall issue a replacement check.

(B)          After the county makes its analysis and a determination is made that the payee endorsed and cashed the check, it shall notify the state.  The state shall not issue a replacement check.

(b)  If a recipient reports that an assistance check has been lost or stolen after he has endorsed it, the county department will request a replacement check of the state office.  If the check has not been paid by the State Treasurer, a replacement check will be issued and a stop payment will be issued for the original check.  If the check has been paid, a replacement check will not be issued.  It is the responsibility of the recipient to take legal action.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B‑153; 45 C.F.R. 233.20;

Eff. February 1, 1984;

Amended Eff. June 1, 1990; May 1, 1988.