Chris Hansen, best known as the host of “To Catch a Predator,” turned himself into Connecticut police this week over alleged fraudulent checks.
Hansen, 59, is being charged with “issuing a bad check,” according to the Stamford Police Department.
The bad check relates to thousands of dollars that allegedly should have gone toward marketing materials.
After turning himself in, Hansen was released without bond.
He made an official promise to appear in court.
The marketing materials for which Hansen was paying totaled $12,998.05, according to the arrest affidavit.
Hansen allegedly agreed to pay for mugs, decals and T-shirts for 2017 marketing events before they were delivered to him.
Peter Psichopaidas, owner of Promotional Sales LTD, was contracted to create the materials. But he filed an official complaint in April of 2017 after a check from Hansen allegedly bounced and the television host promised a partial payment — but never delivered.
Hansen allegedly promised payment several times but didn’t make good on that, according to the Stamford Advocate.
In one alleged email exchange, Hansen even said he sold a boat to help cover the costs of the marketing materials.
“Peter … I truly thought I had this covered,” the “To Catch a Predator” wrote, according to the affidavit.
“I am scrambling to get it done. 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 is best known as host of “To Catch a Predator,” an investigative series in which he as well as volunteers and police officers lured pedophiles to houses, where they were then arrested.
The series ran from 2004 to 2007.
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