New Fugitive Recovery Show to Debut on Spike TV

Spike TV has picked up a new show called Full Bounty, which is a competition series featuring 12 aspiring bounty hunters who risk life and limb to chase down actual fugitives for their first time. According to Hollywood Reporter, Spike ordered 10 episodes of the series, which eliminates those who don’t catch the most fugitives. The ultimate winner will win a position with a prominent bail bond and fugitive recovery agency.

Premiere dates and times for the new series will be announced shortly.


Bail bondsman alleged to be ‘top dog’ for violent gang charged with attempted murder

Star Tribune 2011-07-07: A longtime Minneapolis bail bondsman alleged to be “top dog” of a ruthless criminal gang dubbed the “Beat Down Posse” has joined his son in jail, accused in charges filed last month of planning to kill a gang member who was suspected of snitching. A warrant issued June 24 charged JosephRobert “Big Joe” Gustafson Sr., 55, with seven felonies, including racketeering, conspiracy to commit murder…more »


West Haven murder-suicide leads to call for bail bond crackdown

HARTFORD – Shortly after his second arrest for domestic violence in four months, Selami Ozdemir was able to post $25,000 bail with no money down through a bondsman, and returned hours later to his West Haven home, where authorities say he shot his wife to death and then killed himself in January 2010.

The killings prompted lawmakers this year to consider legislation that would impose tougher regulations on the bail bond industry. In Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed off on new rules last month that require arrestees to pay at least 10 percent of their bail to bondsmen before being released.

Judges, police officers, victims and even many bail bondsmen across the country have complained for years about the so-called practice of “undercutting” in which bondsmen charge little or no money down before posting someone?s bail.



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Bail set for alleged ‘Beat-Down Posse’ founder

Star Tribune 2011-02-26: A judge on Friday set bail at $750,000 for the alleged founder of north Minneapolis’ “Beat-Down Posse,” and the judge ruled that the defendant’s father’s bail bond business could not spring the accused racketeer from jail. Joseph Duane “Little Joe” Gustafson Jr., 36, appeared before Hennepin County District Judge Kerry Meyer wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hair in a braid that hung to the middle of his back. His father, Joseph “Big Joe” Gustafson Sr., sat in the front row with two other supporters. Charges say Beat-Down Posse (BDP) members for years robbed, assaulted and… more »


We’re on the AIR! Montreal’s only live 24-hour newsroom interviews Craig about the Earl Jones Ponzi Scam

Earl Jones

From – Montreal’s only live 24 hour newsroom:

“Bounced retirement home cheques. Tens of thousands in unpaid income taxes. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in possibly lost life savings. Authorities allege the man behind this apparent Ponzi scheme is Montreal financial planner Bertram Earl Jones.

The whereabouts of Jones remains unknown.”

On the air, Craig took a few moments to answer some questions, and here is a partial excerpt from the conversation.

NOTE: Craig’s last name has been replaced with his first name in the following transcript, where applicable, to protect his identity

CJAD: “Some of those investors are thinking about hiring a bounty hunter – CJAD reporter Shuyee Lee decided to investigate. How much does that sort of thing cost, and how do you go about that?”

Shuyee Lee: “Craig is a Bounty Hunter For Hire, working out of Florida, in the business 4 years and he’s seen it all – murders, escaped convicts, deadbeats, and now a lot of so-called money managers.”

Craig: “We get quite a few calls, you’d be surprised how many people pull ponzi scams.”

Shuyee Lee: “He says while bounty hunters don’t come cheap, averaging $5000 to $10,000 dollars per case plus expenses, they usually get their man.”

Craig: “We know a lot of tricks, there’s a lot of tricks out there to find somebody. In some instances we might be more qualified than a law enforcement officer to apprehend someone.”

Shuyee Lee: “But Craig says without an arrest warrant, even if they find the guy, he’s basically still a free man.”

The broadcast will be airing all day, Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at random times throughout the day and you can tune in by going to where they will be discussing the Earl Jones case all day.


Apprehension an Extremely Drunk Fugitive and the Airplane Ride From Hell

Well I’m finally back from my day of hell.  I recieved notice at 2 p.m. that I would be flying out to Kansas City, MO at 6 p.m.  So I finally get to freezin ass cold Missouri and find my way to the hotel where the fugitive supposedly was staying.  About 2:30 a.m., I called local police to assist.


While we were all standing in the lobby, a taxi pulls up outside and the fugitive steps out.  He was quickly arrested and EXTREMELY DRUNK!  He argued and cussed at the police to the point where he was almost arrested by them.

Somehow I ended up getting us to the airport and check in with airport police.  The fugitive then lit a cigarette INSIDE the terminals and was quickly slammed against the wall by police.  He was then arrested by airport police.  I pleaded my case and they released him to me and boarded us on the plane.  The idiot made numerous outbursts on the plane and just about got choked out!!

Finally the plane landed in Tampa and he was taken to the Citrus County jail and booked.  Total bond recoverd was $10,000.