How to Become a Bounty Hunter Practicing Fugitive Recovery as a Bail Enforcement Agent
THE BAIL INDUSTRY CON MEN
Tricksters – Hucksters – Scoundrels
Opinion Editorial by Rex Venator
I have been in the bounty hunting and
bail bond industry long enough to appreciate my early badge personnel jail
education at the hands of incarcerated property thieves, pedophiles, rapists,
murderers, death row appealers, dealers of street poison, dope fiends, and all
the scams they tried to play “on the inside” inasmuch that such minds given to pathological
skullduggery are wholly consistent with people “on the outside,” according to ongoing
reports of good people becoming victims of what has been commonly called the
Example 1 – The Audacious Attempt
Years ago this man began calling many of
the real and virtual bounty hunters who posted their contact information on a
specific website forum with a curious offer that sounded something like this:
“You turn over your client list; you continue to bounty hunt; we (whoever “we”
was) collect your commissions; you get 25% and get to be a part of our
Example 2 – The So-Called “Network”
Many, many largely anonymous and some
not so anonymous people have used rudimentary and even slightly more
sophisticated websites to create the illusion that there is an almost
illuminati like organization with hundreds or thousands of bounty hunter
members from coast to coast and all working in cooperation to assist people
these confidence men, who call victims of this herpes like scam a “mark” or
“marks,” into believing enough in the pitch to send what are frequently called
“initiation fees,” “renewal fees,” “membership fees,” “annual fees,” and the
marks may get an identification card, certificate of training, badge, and maybe
even a toll free number for law enforcement to call and confirm that the mark
did indeed “get licensed” to “bounty hunt in all 50 states.”
The incontrovertible facts-in-evidence
are these: there is not and has never been any real “network” of cooperative
bounty hunters—never; bounty hunters are independent contractors or employees
on a very local scale and don’t need to be a part of any national anything to
work; states have different laws that must be followed by local bounty hunters;
law enforcement personnel couldn’t care less about a mysterious toll free
number or novelty trinkets purchased from a website with no names, faces, or
real contact information; some states require licensing; some states require
certification; not all states have commercial bail and therefore bounty hunting
isn’t legal in all 50 states; the so-called “network” lives on in its many
different forms and is nearly always launched by faceless and not so faceless
Example 3 – The Six Figure Income Claim
Bounty hunting is an extremely tough
business to get “Running in the Black,” and most people will struggle and give
up quickly for many reasons; however, in all fairness, there are indeed very
successful bounty hunters of my acquaintance who can righteously claim breaking
$100K a year, but they break their hindquarters non-stop to bounty hunt
themselves into such a tax bracket.
Incidental to the premise of this
opinion editorial is the subject of taxes in relation to virtual claims of
telling unknown people that they will be paid “...large sums of cash..,” which
statement may raise internal revenue service agent curiosities, in my personal
In all my years of bounty hunting, I
can’t think of a single person who was paid a “cash” commission by a bail bond
company owner or surety and who wasn’t then reported to the IRS under Tax Code
laws, so that said commission could be added to the payee’s annual or quarterly
It is impossible for me to tell someone
I know nothing about how much of anything they may or can or will do, make or
succeed at irrespective of training, schooling, or spending years working for a
successful bounty hunter—any person claiming to fortune tell another’s
financial future is, in my personal opinion, another type of confidence man
that would required another 100 pages added to this opinion editorial in order
to fully flesh out for readers.
Example 4 – The Empty Building or Vacant Lot
First and foremost, it is important to
understand that sending money to a nameless, faceless website is problematic,
but there are also names and faces that make some entertainingly wild claims
from some far off and distant state and with sophisticated websites where a
mark may submit, let us say, a $200.00 up-front payment.
The problem is that owners of the claimed
destination training locations may have never heard of the person receiving the
$200.00 up-front payment, or people show up for class and find there is no such
location, or the location is vacant or simply does not exist.
This Office started receiving incoming
calls—which are continuous—not too long ago from people who paid $200.00
up-front and then could not get the named person to answer calls or emails;
moreover, the alleged training facility named as the training location either
didn’t know anything about the training offer or was also unable to reach the person
who allegedly took possession of the now lost monies.
I’ve learned recently that there are
reports that this confidence game is ongoing and in relation to both bounty
hunting training from in and out-of-state scoundrels.
It was recently reported that some are
allegedly advertising and offering PC 832 classes when the ostensible
organizations and the principles may not be certified to actually provide that
specific P.O.S.T. course needed to legally bounty hunt within the meaning of
the California Penal Code!
Example 5 – Join the “Fugitive Warrant Crash Team”
One scoundrel in particular keeps
reinventing himself by offering bounty hunting training classes that include
false claims of being signed up with a legitimate bail education provider,
being provided body armor, duty belts, holsters, raid jackets, TASER CEWs,
pepper spray, batons, becoming a team member to serve warrants, and all for the
bargain price of between $600.00 to $900.00 up-front.
I could write a book on all the problems
with this one, but let’s keep it simple.
Please don’t fall for such rascality as so many people have via those
pesky craigslist ads of the same origins.
Example 6 – The General Bail Agent Imposter
Any Bailspeak Alumni can delineate how
to demarcate both the bounty hunter who could never be a licensed bail agent
along with the common bail agent who, for whatever reason, has not officially
become a general bail agent “GA” within the scope and meaning of California
laws; however, there are people out there who are reportedly and continuously
creating the illusion of legal compliance to be a GA in a confidence game that
is very easy to spot and not become a mark.
Such scandalous types must provide their
victims with “Paper” that bears the name and contact information of the surety
either they or their strawman bail agent write for; accordingly, any person who
suspects deception should feel free to ring the surety in question and simply ask
if a person purporting to be a GA is actually a GA.
Note: A “Strawman” is Noun used to describe a person (illegally) used as a
cover for some questionable activity such as a figurehead for a bail agency
owner when the actual person in charge cannot become a bail agent licensee or
GA but installs a puppet to circumvent the law.
OPINIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
The California Bail Bond Industry is a
highly professional area of various occupations and with thousands of good
people working in said industry; however, the laws governing people who work in
bail are so cluttered and confusing that a criminal mind can easily camouflage
unethical, immoral and illegal activities as is, arguably, the case in all
industries that suffer under the oppressive weight of regulatory oppression.
I personally travel all over California
and to other states where I have met and continue to meet thousands of good
folks in the American Bail Bond Industry by and through my efforts to educate
both the newcomers to bail and veterans and so am able to keep up with the ever
growing list of laws concerning bail.
It is my intent in this opinion
editorial to help people realize that state-of-the-art Bail Education Matters
always to any person who is working in bail and at any capacity and level.
This opinion editorial goes to the
furtherance of ferreting out those with proclivities and propensities to engage
in harmful cons inasmuch that they may be brought into the light and be seen
for what they really are—a scourge no different to the Body Bail than meth or
crack is to the human body, mind, and local and state communities and all of
which is in my personal opinion.
Bounty Hunting Schools
Opinion Editorial by Rex Venator
There is incoming chatter about various
people preparing to enter into the various aspects of educating bounty hunters
in California and elsewhere throughout the United States.
As a Student First, I am always open to
new ideas and practical applications that are lawful and actionable when it
comes to helping people get trained up to go home safely to get paid safely
after booking wanted felony bail jumpers.
Years ago, I took a former California Highway
Patrol Officer out on Bailspeak’s Highly Exclusive Bounty Hunter Street
Training Program where several bail apprehensions were made over a very short
period of time. The aforementioned trainee
had never been bounty hunting prior to these occasions and had less than a week
of time in the bounty hunting field; nevertheless, he secretly penned a quick
“bounty hunting manual” and attempted to market it on the Internet.
What recently struck me as very curious
is how exactly is one, with maybe five or less bounty hunts, very limited
experience in bail, and absolutely no bail motion experience, suddenly
qualified enough to decide to start a bounty hunting school? Of course this report is just rumor and
cannot be true, right?
With all due respect afforded to retired
law enforcement personnel, I am equally struck when bounty hunting schools pop
up and advertise wholly illegal aspects of the bounty hunting trade in
California; moreover, even bounty hunters who claim decades of bounty hunting
publically post certain things that are illegal in California, presumably due
to ignorance of new and even long existing laws.
An interesting angle that keeps being
brought to my attention by callers is the relatively new bail agency owner who
behaves like a general bail agent but who is not; the relatively new bail
agency owner who purportedly hires new bail agents and then requires these, in
reality, independent contractors, to purchase shirts, hats, and even pay for
bail forms when the latter of which are freely provided by a surety; indeed,
such a person may even decide, as a condition of the illusion of employment, to
require “employees” to pay for and take his or her bounty hunting course—it is
all very curious to any reasonable person.
It has not been unusual for people to
bulk purchase Bailspeak’s DVDs, CDs, books, bail motions and maybe take its
courses, and then attempt to replicate the training programs, but doing such a
thing isn’t that simple as evidenced by the reader probably never hearing of
such attempts at imitation.
My strong suggestion to protect one’s
self from both criminal and civil liability in combination with taking
precautions to avoid being fleeced by a confidence man is to do your own
research and triple check all references.
For example, Bailspeak is the natural
progression of the Critical Response Training Academy born in the mid 1990s
after an exhaustive study and practice of bounty hunting for five years. In all, I have been educating bounty hunters
both in class and on the streets for approximately two decades—not a week, or a
month, or just a few years.
I’d like to bring to the attention here
my partner of 12 years. I can’t think of
anyone, including me, who has more time in open court arguing and winning
motions with a 98% success rate. His
ability to get things done in court has always been astounding to me
personally. While he isn’t in bail any
longer due to a life course adjustment into law enforcement, one has to wonder
how a bail agent with no formal legal training could have such sweeping success
during bail law and motion calendars throughout California.
Finally, in writing this opinion
editorial, I was reminded of the following that bears relevance to this
“Compare now, my fellow citizens, me,
who am a new man, with those haughty nobles. What they have but heard or read,
I have witnessed or performed. What they have learned from books, I have
acquired in the field; and whether deeds or words are of greater estimation, it
is for you to consider.” ~ Gaius Marius
was a Roman General, Consul Seven Times, and considered the Third Founder of
Rome after restructuring the Roman Legions upon which we still see today in
Modern Western Armies.
Ask any Bailspeak Alumni how many times
I mention “Taylor” or “Taintor” in any Bailspeak class. The answer may surprise you, for “...all of
my scars are on the front,” and “Our scars remind us that the past is real.”
Stay Safe and Check References.