Thursday, December 20, 2012

Extortion by any other name is still Extortion!

Investigator: Modesto bail business extracted funds instead of taking tardy ...
Modesto Bee
An FBI agent testified Tuesday that a Modesto bail bonds business owner told him he provided credit to 90 percent of his clients, but his policy was to never surrender anyone to jail when they failed to make payments. Instead, employees from AJ's Bail ...

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bondsmen jailed for kidnapping

Group of bail bondsmen jailed after kidnap accusation
WFTV Orlando
Investigators said a trio of bail bondsmen trying to track a man down ended up in jail. According to investigators, the group kidnapped the suspect's pregnant girlfriend, hoping she would give him up. Joseph and Leann Ottuso and Soom Amphavanna were ...

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bounty Hunting Insurance Information

My name is Jimmy Salmans I am a field underwriter for Evolution Insurance Brokers.  We have a guest post on your blog at bounty hunter discussion by Jeff Scott.  We wanted to update the contact information on this because Jeff Scott is no longer with the company and wanted to make sure that we can help those that come to your site and are seeking insurance.  We also would like to update a little bit of the information on that guest post as well.  Please let me know if this is a possibility.  Thanks for your time and consideration.

Evolution Insurance Brokers
Jimmy Salmans
Field Underwriter
Evolution Insurance Brokers
Phone: (801) 304-5557
Fax: (801) 233-5257

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bounty Hunter shot himself dead with his own gun, drunk!

Failed bounty hunter was 'acutely intoxicated'
Failed bounty hunter Joseph Scott Horne died when a single bullet from his own gun ripped into his left arm, through a lung and punched through his heart before lodging deeper into his body, an autopsy report states. He was also “acutely intoxicated ...

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bounty Hunter Resource

Hi Billy,

Thanks for your response. I'm getting in touch as I was hoping to collaborate with you to find a way to incorporate my project as a resource link on your site.

The project is a general information website with many resources useful to current individuals involved in the bailbond/fugative recovery industry. The site also discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a training and licensing in bounty hunting or a related field. As a valuable resource to anyone interested in a career in bounty hunting, I thought the project could be of interest to yourself and others who frequently visit your site. Take a look and let me know what you think. If interested, it would be great to see it listed as a resource for those interested to refer to.

Thanks for your help. I look forward to hearing back from you soon!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bail Bondsman shoots suspect

Man shot by bail bondsman speaks out
Chesapeake police say a bail bondsman pulled the trigger when he was serving a warrant last week. The man who was shot is now speaking out. "When [the bondsman] put [the gun] to my gut, I turned a little and that's what caused it to angle and not go ...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Bounty Hunter killed with own gun

News1 new result for bounty hunter
Owner of bail bond company charged with hiring convicted felon as bounty hunter
Police have charged the owner of a bail bond company with hiring convicted felon Joseph Scott Horne for the mid-August bounty hunter job that ultimately left him dead by his own gun in a Bristol mobile home park. Company owner Ralph B. Hawkins, of the ...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Crime does not pay...even to Bounty Hunters

Stroudsburg bounty hunter pleads guilty in NJ fraud case
Pocono Record
The bounty hunter, Adel Mikhaeil, 47, who formerly lived in Jersey City, also pleaded guilty to paying $92,000 in bribes to an insurance company executive and an employee of a company that locates fugitives for bail bond insurers in return for giving ...
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Thursday, August 16, 2012

You must play by the rules!

Many questions surround alleged bounty hunter, the late Joseph Scott Horne
By law, a bail bondsman is a person who both foots the bail money for a defendant hoping to get out of jail and chases them down if they skip a court appearance. A bounty hunter is the professional hired by the bondsman to help capture that fugitive.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bounty hunter killed

Bounty hunter killed while trying to arrest the wrong person
Bounty hunter Joshua Scott Horne, 32, of Bristol, Tenn., died early Friday of a single shot from his own gun while trying to arrest the wrong person. Witnesses said Horne ran up to his target, aimed his pistol and yelled that the guy was under arrest.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Wrong guy big trouble!

Bounty Hunter Chases Down Wrong Man, Faces Assault Charge
bounty hunter is accused of chasing a Hopkins man with a baton after he mistook the man for his target, according to court documents released Friday. Police found 43-year-old Charles Ray Damrow, of Farmington, with a black collapsible baton on his belt, ...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Bondsman shoots at fleeing fugitive

AZ bail bondsman shoots at fleeing fugitive
KPHO Phoenix
bail bondsman attempting to confront a fugitive in the parking lot of a Phoenix office building Tuesday afternoon fired shots at the man's vehicle after he felt threatened, police said. Neither the bondsman nor the fleeing fugitive were injured. The bondsman ...

Monday, July 23, 2012

Video on How Bail works

Hi Bill,
I am writing because just released a video that details how bail works. This video was developed because the industry was missing a clear, concise explanation of the bail process.
Feel free to share the video with your membership. You can embed the video on the association website and post to Facebook and Twitter. For instructions on placing the video on a website, please see the link below:
Please let me know if you have any questions or need assistance embedding the video on the association site.
Trent Carlyle

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Good Reason Why to Verify Warrants BEFORE Arrest

Bounty Hunter Seizes Wrong Woman, Refuses to Take Her Back Home Unless ...
At the time of the arrest, the bondsman would not say why Terry was wanted by the authorities. It turned out she wasn't.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Traps that work!

Bounty hunter lures dead-beat dad home with role in bogus movie
Morning Sentinel
The father was arrested under a new law making it a crime to move out of state to avoid paying child support.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

How do you spell "Stu" and "pid" ?

Bounty Hunter Now Fugitive Himself; Wanted For Kidnapping
News On 6
He said McAdoo claimed to be a bounty hunter and said Mure was wanted by police. Biggers says he's been hot on McAdoo's trail for quite some time. A YouTube video shows McAdoo approaching someone who jumped bail. A Tulsa bounty hunter is on the Tulsa ...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Overseas Contact for Bounty Hunting


I am a retired U.S. Federal Agent who is now residing in the Philippines. After my sting with the U.S. Law Enforcement, I came back to the Philippines and oversee my security, investigative and VIP Protection Company (United Security Logistics, Inc.) Besides my security contracts in the Philippines, I also have contracts from various Private Investigators, Law Firms and Federal and Local Law Enforcement Agencies in the U.S. Japan and Guam.

Added to our services is our fugitive tracking/skip tracing services, in which we were responsible in returning various fugitives in the U.S. who are wanted for child molestation, paedophile, hit and run, child pornography, drugs, etc. Had located U.S. fugitives in Guam and here in the Philippines. Had done 1305g forms and extradition cases were we have to sent fugitives back to the U.S.

We can be partners in locating your fugitive clients in this country. I can be contacted through my email or my cell phone number 63906-279-2578.

My U.S. partner Doug Creer can also be contact at the below numbers should you want to discuss partnerships.

Office: 714-927-7106
Mobile: 909-630-1476 
Int'l Mobile  (011) (63-909-229-3926)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Oklahoma to get Bounty Hunter's Law

Calls for bounty hunting regulation in Oklahoma after Tulsa woman's door kicked-in
A bondsmen has rights under Title 59 of the Oklahoma state statutes to arrest or return a defendant to custody that he has out on bond but the bounty hunter doesn't honestly exist in Oklahoma,” says Rusty Roberts, a Tulsa bail bondsman.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Searching a house could cost you $100K !!!!

Bail Bondsman Had No Right to Search & Scare
Courthouse News Service
By DAN MCCUE (CN) - A disabled South Carolina woman who was terrorized by a bail bondsman in search of a fugitive can collect $100000, the 4th Circuit ruled. Shirley Gregg, a resident of Sumter County, SC, was asleep in her bed when bail bondsman Jon ...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Murder Suspect Arrested

Bail Bondsmen Murder Suspect Arrested
The man wanted in connection with the murder of two bail bondsmen brothers was arrested early Saturday morning, according to Bakersfield Police. Sgt. Mary DeGeare said police located Stephen Michael Stewart, 26, at a home on Talisman Drive and East F ...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

2 Bail Agents Shot and Killed

"Dog The Bounty Hunter" issues warning to Bakersfield suspect
"Dog The Bounty Hunter" will come to Bakersfield to personally track down the suspect in the death of two local bail agents unless the man surrenders in the next 24 hours, he said Friday. Duane Chapman asked 17News to spread this message in hopes the ...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

If you arrest them take them to jail!

Police Arrest Bounty Hunter On Kidnapping Complaint
KMGH Denver
"If you're picked up by a bail bondsman, they should be taking you to jail," said Newbanks. "We think a bail bondsman in Michigan was telling Farquhar what to do." Loveland detectives have contacted the FBI to look into the case.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Judge in favor of private bail

Hello Billy,

I hope this email finds you well. I work with AboutBail's marketing team promoting a positive image and support for individuals in the bail industry. I've included a link to a recent article and video interview with Judge McBain, an outspoken supporter of private bail. He shares some great insight, especially from a fugitive recovery standpoint, on why he supports private bail.

You can view the article here:

In the article and video, McBain touches on how fugitive recovery agents and bail bondsmen ensure that defendants show up for court better than any government run programs. As an active leader in the fugitive recovery industry, I thought you might like to share it with your peers.

Please share this video and article with anyone you feel might benefit. You may also republish on the Bounty Hunter Discussion Blog.

Please feel free to contact me at any time if there is anything you need, if you would like to submit a guest article for consideration or have any industry news you would like covered.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Man out on PR Bond accused of murder

Man Accused Of Murder Was Out On Bond
"She literally had called bail bond companies when he was up for another bond, and asked that them to not bond him out of jail," said bail bondsman Bobby Borwn. Brown says Moser was afraid of the man accused of killing her."A bail bond is supposed to ...

Friday, March 30, 2012

Getting Creative...Wanted Posters? Nothing new!

Bondsmen getting creative to catch bail jumpers
KXXV News Channel 25
When Michael Gutierrez skipped his court date he cost bondsman Terry Chapman $43000. "He's so bad, he needs to be off the streets," said Terry Chapman of Chapman's Bail Bonds. Covering the bonds of bail jumpers like Gutierrez is a risk bondsmen take, ...

Monday, March 26, 2012

TV Producer looking for help


I'm a television producer working out of New York and I'm currently executive producing a reality series about bounty hunters. I'm actually emailing to see if you may have any referrals or ideas for our casting. I've already found our main talent and what I'm looking for is an expert bounty hunter who would be a candidate to train some novice hunters on the field. Ideally, I'm looking for someone physically intimidating with a big personality that is comfortable on camera. This is a nation wide search and we would love to interview any interested candidates. Of course if they are involved in your school we could offer lots of free press and show some of your facilities each week. The trainer would be involved as co-starring talent and this would be a consistent role for the duration of season one. Would love to hear your thoughts. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Theresa Bennett

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Close Call!

Valdosta woman shoots at bail bondsman
By Ryan Houston - bio | email According to police reports, 22-year-old Brittany Mcfarland shot at the agent and missed. The recovery agent was burned on the finger by one of the bullets but is okay. The agent says he tried to take Mcfarland into ...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Here we go again...will we never learn?

WANTED: Kennewick bounty hunter sought for impersonating police
Bellingham Herald
Kennewick - A bounty hunter is being sought for allegedly impersonating police and holding a victim at gunpoint while looking for a fugitive. Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for Scott Lawrence Gribble, 46. He's 6-foot-2, ...

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Hunter becomes the hunted!

Unlicensed bounty hunters indicted in shooting
(AP) - Two would-be bounty hunters have been indicted in the Oct. 4 shooting of a Baton Rouge woman during a search for a fugitive. On Thursday, an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury charged Demarcus Johntrel McKnight with one count each of aggravated ...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bounty Hunter Pays Reward!

'Speed Freak Killer' was paid $33000 to guide search for victims
Los Angeles Times
Shermantine gave up the information in exchange for $33000 provided by Sacramento bounty hunterLeonard Padilla, Padilla told The Times. On Thursday, remains tentatively identified from dental records as those of Cyndi Vanderheiden, a 25-year-old ...

Friday, February 10, 2012

No License in FL leads to arrest!

Fugitive bounty hunter arrested in Fla.
The Spokesman Review (blog)
Federal agents have arrested an unlicensed bounty hunter whose alleged apprehension techniques led to felony charges and a criminal investigation against a Spokane police officer. Dennis Kariores, 42, was taken into custody today in Pensacola, Fla., ...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bounty Hunters in Kansas might get license requirements.

Bail Agents Call For Bounty Hunter Regulation
The Kansas Bail Agents Association says that jeopardizes safety. Bounty hunters are contracted by licensed bail bonds agents to find defendants who failed to show up for court. Last month, William Poyner, an unlicensed bounty hunter, ...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Some People Never Learn!

Bounty hunter faces gun charge
The Journal News |
RAMAPO — A self-proclaimed bounty hunter with a history of arrests has been charged with possessing an unlicensed gun and menacing people he was supposedly interviewing as potential interns at his Wesley Hills office, police said Monday.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bounty hunter shot

Bounty hunter shot in Planeview neighborhood
Police are looking for the person who shot a bounty hunter in southeast Wichita Wednesday night. The 29-year-old showed up at a Wichita hospital around eight o'clock. He's in critical condition. Police say the shooting happened about 7:30 in the 3400 ...

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bounty Hunter fears he prompted suicide of Speed Freak Killer

Bounty hunter fears he prompted suicide of 'Speed Freak Killer'
Los Angeles Times
When a Sacramento-area bounty hunter heard about the suicide of paroled killer Loren Herzog on Tuesday morning, he thought maybe he had caused it. Leonard Padilla has been working with the family of Cyndi Vanderheiden, and other families of alleged ...

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Herzog found dead in home

Herzog found dead in home
Stockton Record
That call came from Sacramento bounty hunter Leonard Padilla, who agreed to pay Shermantine - sentenced to death for four murders - about $30000 for information revealing the locations of unclaimed victims. Shermantine, 45, also sought to have Herzog, ...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bounty Hunter arrested

Bounty Hunter arrested

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Bondsman charged!

Police: Bail bondsman handcuffed suspect to stairs
Authorities say a bail bondswoman handcuffed a suspect to her stairs after jailers refused to accept the man. Jean Marie Chartier is charged with the false imprisonment of Reynaldo Delarosa, a man facing his own unrelated charges for drug possession ...