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Commissaries to honor CertifiChecks through July 31

FORT LEE, Va. (Defense Commissary Agency) — The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) will accept outstanding CertifiCheck gift certificates from authorized customers through July 31.

Photo: Fort McCoy Commissary personnel help shoppers make their purchases. The Fort McCoy Commissary is accepting CertifiChecks through July 31 along with other commissaries in the DeCA organization. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
Fort McCoy Commissary personnel help shoppers make their purchases. The Fort McCoy Commissary is accepting CertifiChecks through July 31 along with other commissaries in the DeCA organization. (Photo by Rob Schuette)

"I am happy to report that DeCA and the Department of Defense (DoD) have found a way that we can honor our customers’ unredeemed CertifiChecks," said DeCA Director and Chief Executive Officer Philip E. Sakowitz Jr. "We have been deeply concerned about how this situation has impacted our customers worldwide, and we’re happy that we’ve been able to find a solution."

CertifiChecks Inc., the Dayton, Ohio, company that has issued the commissary gift checks since 2002, announced on its Web site that it had ceased operations and was filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Since then, DeCA had been working nonstop with DoD officials to settle on a legal recourse it could offer its customers left holding the unredeemable CertifiChecks.

DeCA will be allowed to absorb the losses incurred from honoring the certificates from its Defense Working Capital Fund (DWCF), Resale Stocks Account, Defense officials said. The DWCF was established to allow the federal government purchase and repair activities to account for costs and revenue as if they were commercial businesses.

Since 2002, more than $20 million in gift certificates have been purchased for authorized customers, including more than $3.9 million in fiscal 2008.

For more information about CertifiChecks in the Fort McCoy community, call the Commissary, building 1537, at 608-388-3542.

 

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