DOG the Bounty Hunter has been cancelled but the fugitive-recovery action continues apace in this new reality series filmed in New Orleans. Everything about bounty hunter Gene ”Tat-2” Thacker and his operation exudes testosterone. The guns are bigger than Dog’s, the tattoos more extensive and the paramilitary uniforms enough to thrill even the most jaded fascist dictator. And Thacker has a nice line in sound bites such as: ”You move and I swear to god I’m gonna light your ass up” and ”Exercise your right to shut the f— up”.
Anthony Chiasson, 38 year-old co-founder of Level Global Investors, recently turned himself in to the FBI. Why? Because they attempted to arrest him at his home after an insider trading investigation revealed he had made huge amounts of money on illegal insider trades. In fact, Chiasson made $53 million in a single trade of Dell stock – which is the largest single trade ever charged in Manhattan. Chiasson wasn’t home when about 6 FBI agents converged on his Upper East Side home, so he turned himself in later.
Investigators allege that a ring of traders at different firms shared information, illegally gaining a total of $61.8 million. In total, the FBI arrested 7 people, including Chiasson. The complaint “describes a circle of friends who essentially formed a criminal club” where “everyone scratched everyone else’s back.” Recall that last year Raj Rajaratnam was sentenced to 11 years in jail for insider trading gains of a similar amount.
Although prosecutors requested bail of $10 million, the judge set bail at $2.5 million. The bond was secured by half of that amount by property Chiasson owns.
You will notice in our video’s that some of them are very calm with no or little confrontation. Which is a far cry from what you see on television. As a bail agent you will have to remember these people you are arresting are your clients. Over the years I have bonded the same people out time and time again. Not to mention their friends and so on. That’s how you make a successful business. I have had people skip bond on me and leave the state and I bonded them back out. Now there are time’s where you have to scream and yell and get rough, you just have to know when. Alot of times I will try to get the co-signer off the bond and still keep the client on bond also. The co-signers will also use your servies again too if treated good.
The majority of bail agent’s salary come from commission made on writing bonds, not on capturing people. I can promise you there are NO FULL time bountyhunters who do nothing at all but hunt people. There simply is no money in that and it takes much too long to try. You will mainly work posting bond’s and collecting commissions and apprehending bond jumper’s as they come along.
Two things about this article. In this article you’ll notice the family talking about not having a million dollars in collateral. Well 99% of the time you should get collateral for a bond that large, in this case, with such a high profile client I would definetly post this bond WITHOUT collateral. I’ve dealt with a handful of very high profile clients but if/when someone like this (especially George Zimmerman) skips court, trust me you won’t have much to worry about because the U.S. Marshall’s will track him down like a rabid dog and catch him.
So not only do you have the luxury of hunting him you’ll also have law enforcement hunting him. He will not have time to breathe with all that heat on him. In a heartbeat I would take the 10% fee ($100,000) and just do a signature bond. Signature bonds are the lowest form of collateral and require no property to be put up. Basically the person signing is promising to stand good for the bond amount if the defendant skips court.
One quick side not about this article before you read it. In the article I noticed the family said “We are encouraged we can work this out. We paid $15,000 initially for the first bail fee so an additional fee of $85,000 would have to be paid to post this new bond assuming we can work out the collateral issue.”
I’m a Florida bondsman. Unfortunetly for the family, the $15,000 they paid for his first $150,000 bond does not go towards the new $1,000,000 bond. It’s actually a felony for that to occur. If a judge revokes a bond and the bond amount changes whether it’s higher or lower, the bondsman must charge 10%. The bondsman pays a fee to his insurance company on the $15,000 and also must pay a fee on the $1,000,000 bond. If the judge would of let the bond remain at $150,000 it would also be illegal for the bondsman to charge the fee again. You can only charge the 10% ONCE for the same bond and same bond amount.
Here’s the article..enjoy- http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2012/07/06/zimmerman-posts-1-million-dollar-bond-hes-released-from-jail/
This is a story about real life bounty hunting. This isn’t television, this is real life. What you don’t do is get all dressed up in black, wear ski masks and carry shotguns. These bondsman went way too far and were serving TRAFFIC warrants. Sad story. http://www.news4jax.com/news/Police-2-bail-bondsmen-shot-by-officer/-/475880/1954160/-/5jw4oj/-/index.htmlPolice: 2 bail bondsmen shot by officer
1 Dies In Mayfair Village Apartment Complex
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Two bail bondsmen were shot early Tuesday morning by a police officer responding to a report of an armed home invasion at an apartment complex at 3539 Beach Blvd., according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.
JSO Chief John Hartley said one bondsman was shot and killed, and a second who was shot by the officer was in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center. A third bondsman was not shot, but taken to Shands for an evaluation.
Hartley said officers were called at 1:53 a.m. to the Mayfair Village apartment complex to assist the men in arresting someone for a revoked driver’s license and an expired license plate. Police and the bondsmen, who were unarmed at the time, knocked on the door of the person they were hoping to arrest.
When no one answered the door, the officers left, Hartley said. He said it turned out people were inside the apartment and the bondsmen did not leave the complex when the officers did.
At 2:02 a.m., police got a call from a woman inside the apartment. She told police that armed men dressed in black were outside her apartment and they were trying to kick down her door. Hartley said she stayed on the phone until police arrived.
When a new set of officers responded to a call of armed home invasion, they surrounded the building. Police said Officer Jason Bailey saw one man with a mask, gloves, dressed in black and holding a shotgun, and Bailey fired his AR-15 rifle. That man died at the scene.
“I wake up and look out my window and see a man with a sawed-off shotgun and a cop standing right here with an AR-15,” a neighbor said.
Hartley said Bailey came into contact with a second man and fired multiple shots, critically injuring that man.
Hartley said at least one of the bondsmen was wearing a mask. Why he was wearing a mask is one of many questions police and the state attorney’s office hope to answer during the investigation of this police-involved shooting.
Names of the bondsmen and their agencies were not released at the scene. Police will hold a news conference Wednesday.
Bailey was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
Ann Teague, president of Jacksonville Bail Agent Association and a bail bonds agent since 1975, said she has heard of certain bail bondsmen wearing masks to conceal their identity.
Teague said it’s procedure for bondsmen to identify themselves as bondsmen and make police aware of what’s going on. She said if they think someone is inside a home, they can break the door down to arrest that person.
“Normally, (bondsmen are) going to call (police) and say, ‘We?re out here to pick up someone,'” Teague said.
Teague said that while the charges against the suspect in this case appear to be minor, she said the suspect’s entire history must be taken into consideration. Teague said, for instance, that the person could have had a $50,000 bond because of a violent history. It’s unclear in this case.
Teague said bondsmen often work in the middle of the night and sometimes call police for assistance, as they did in this case.
“It’s a very bad idea, 2 o’clock in the morning, you’re out and about. You’re in all black clothing. You’ve got an assault rifle. That’s not what you want to wake up and see,” Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said.
Jefferson said bondsman are state-licensed agents backed by insurers and permitted to pick up criminals. He said he hasn’t heard of any problems in the area before.