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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Check this out: Troops passing spurious chits at South Korea base finance offices will get busted more quickly under a new check-processing system.

Under the new Military Paper Check Conversion Program, a check is deducted from a soldier’s account in one to two days. Under the former check-clearing system, a check could take seven to 10 days to clear, said Sgt. 1st Class Leslie Costin, noncommissioned officer in charge for the 177th Finance Battalion.

Soldiers may use checks at finance offices in South Korea to pay off debt, such as excess-baggage charges for a permanent change of station move, Costin said, or to repay a temporary-duty travel advance.

Costin said the offices retain digital photos of each check; paper checks are returned at once to those who wrote them.

Scanners in the finance offices record checks’ routing and account numbers. All such digitized transactions will be forwarded at the end the each business day to the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, where each check is processed and subtracted from the writer’s account. The Federal Reserve Bank then returns a deposit receipt through e-mail, Costin said.

Names of servicemembers who bounce checks are put on a bad-check list, she said.

Costin said all finance offices in South Korea have the new technology.


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