“To Catch a Predator” host Chris Hansen has been caught issuing bad checks in Connecticut following a $13,000 purchase, according to authorities.
Hansen turned himself in to cops on Monday after allegedly bouncing two checks over the last two years at a Stamford store.
He ordered the expensive items from Promotion Sales Limited in the summer of 2017, according to the Stamford Police Department. He wrote a check in the summer of 2017 that bounced, and another one last year that also failed to pass muster, according to police.
The TV personality had asked for 355 ceramic mugs, 288 shirts and 650 vinyl decals, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Stamford Advocate newspaper. He was charged $12,998.05.
He was warned by a police investigator after the first check bounced that he could be busted for larceny if he did not properly make the payment.
“I told Chris that I understood that he may have trouble, but that nearly $13,000 is a lot of money to a ‘mom-and-pop’ business and it is not fair that he accepted the material but hasn’t paid for it,” investigator Sean Coughlin said, according to the Advocate.
Hansen wrote Promotion Sales Limited owner Peter Psichopaidas after the second check bounced, claiming he believed he “had this covered.”
“I am scrambling to get it done,” Hansen wrote in an email, according to the Advocate. “Please give me till the end of the day. I sold a boat to cover the rest of this and need to pick up the payment this afternoon.”
Hansen did not send another check, according to authorities. He was charged with issuing a bad check and is expected to appear in court next week.
“To Catch a Predator,” which featured Hansen as host, used hidden cameras to catch criminals in the act.