Friday, 19 July, 2019

To Catch a Predator host Chris Hansen is charged with bouncing checks

Stamford Police Department Stamford Police Department
Guillermo Jimenez | 18 January, 2019, 10:49

Chris Hansen, the former host of NBC's hidden-camera investigation show, "To Catch a Predator", has a mugshot of his own this week.

Hansen turned himself in to police on Monday and was charged with a class D felony, according to police.

Cops say he failed to pay a local vendor almost $13,000 for stuff he'd purchased in 2017. and allegedly gave the guy the runaround with 2 bounced checks.

Hansen, who lives in New York City but is a former resident of the CT suburb of Stamford, bought the swag including mugs and t-shirts from a Stamford business in the summer of 2017, Stamford Police property crimes Sgt. Sean Scanlan tells CBS News.

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Stamford police investigator Sean Coughlin wrote in the arrest affidavit that Hansen was a no-show after agreeing to meet with him, according to the Stamford Advocate.

This booking photograph released Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, by the Stamford, Conn., Police Department shows Chris Hansen, former host of the television program "To Catch a Predator", arrested Monday in his hometown of Stamford, on charges he he wrote bad checks for $13,000 worth of marketing materials.

Police in Stamford, Connecticut told People that in 2017 Hansen ordered T-shirts, coffee mugs, decals and other promotional items to use in marketing events.

When the check bounced, Hansen apologized to the business owner and tried to make a partial payment, but when he wasn't paid Psichopaidas filed a complaint with the police last spring, the newspaper reported. Hansen then allegedly emailed the owner of the company.

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The affidavit says that Hansen then emailed Psichopaidas, saying, "I am scrambling to get it done".

"Peter. I truly thought I had this covered", Hansen is said to have written. "I sold a boat to cover the rest of this and need to pick up the payment this afternoon".

The series ran from 2004 to 2007.

A request for comment from Hansen's representative from various news outlets was not immediately returned.

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