Bounced vs. Presented: Parsing A Denial
About his brother’s bad $75,000 check, Mayor David Cicilline said this yesterday to the I-Team’s Jim Taricani:
But what is absolutely not possible is that it was ever brought to my attention that a check had been issued, had been dishonored by bank or bounced in the amount of $75,000 by my brother. I would have immediately intervened.
Doesn’t “bounced” or “dishonored” mean that it was actually handed in to the bank, processed and then returned by the bank to payee? The ProJo’s Mike Stanton reported in September that the check was handled as follows:
But when the city’s lawyer tried to deposit the check, which was written on May 9, 2006, on John Cicilline’s law office account at Fleet Bank, he was told that there were insufficient funds.
Standing at the teller window with a check and being told that there are insufficient funds to cover it is not the same as depositing a check and then having it bounce. Choosing his words carefully, the mayor has denied an event that no one alleges took place.