Woman risks arrest in 20-year-old bad check case

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Wynn Humphries has about 2 months to come up with $700 or she risks Lexington County deputies showing up to arrest her.

Humphries got a notice in her mailbox Saturday from the Solicitor's Worthless Check Unit.

The letter shows five bad checks Humphries wrote back in 1992, that she says she paid back to the people she wrote them to.

However, the victims went to the sheriff's office back then, and swore out a warrant. That warrant has sat inside the sheriff's office for two decades.

Deputies were never able to track Humphries down, although she says she's lived within a mile of where she lived then, ever since.

"I'm not sure what happened, where the ball was dropped, but I don't think I should be held responsible for something that I took care of and no, I don't have the proof because it was 20 years ago," said Humphries.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts says the warrants probably sat because of they were low priority.

"Really and truly, it depends on the seriousness of the violation as well," said Metts. "A check warrant isn't going to get the attention as someone who's charged with murder, or robbery, or some other major crimes, so it's just a matter of priority."

Metts says deputies tried to track all the people involved in these bad check cases down, but as more warrants came in, the lower priority ones got pushed back.

The solicitor's office estimates they're opening at least 800 cases of old bad check warrants.

The problem is, even though these warrants may be 20 or more years old, the only way a warrant goes away is an arrest, a conviction or acquittal, or the prosecutor drops the charges.

In this case, the solicitor is giving these people 60 days to pay the fines without arrest.

However, if you ignore the letters, the sheriff says deputies will make arrests to clear these old warrants.

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