- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The new prosecutor in Spokane County is ending a deal with a Missouri company that uses the office’s letterhead to target bad-check writers.

But Prosecutor-elect Larry Haskell says he believes there’s value in the program and wants to continue the partnership once he has staff in place to address ethical concerns.

The Spokesman-Review reported Friday that the county’s contract with BounceBack Inc. will expire next month.

BounceBack has promoted its services using the endorsement of Haskell’s predecessor, Steve Tucker, for most of the past 13 years. Many counties in Washington use BounceBack, which has not legally been classified as a collection agency but cooperates with prosecutors and businesses to receive payment on bad checks.

A recent finding by the American Bar Association called such agreements unethical.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, https://www.spokesman.com

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