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From High Finance to Life on the Lam… newyorktimes.com
JUNE 5, 2009, 11:30 AM
Marcus Schrenker, a former money manager accused of misleading his investors, is expected to plead guilty on Friday to faking his own death in a plane crash. The occasion has inspired Bloomberg News to take a look at the common mistakes that financiers make when they turn into fugitives.
Neither Mr. Schrenker (pictured above) nor Sam Israel, the hedge fund swindler who staged a suicide, managed to elude the authorities for very long — something Bloomberg chalks up to “lack of preparation for the rigors of life on the lam.”
As Duane Chapman, the star of A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” rather poetically put it: “A criminal’s life has nothing but ups and downs, whereas a white-collar criminal has never seen the dark side, so when he enters that realm, he is lost.”
What are the do’s and don’ts for financial types hoping to make themselves disappear?
First of all, faking one’s own death rarely throws the authorities off for long if there’s no body left behind, Bloomberg says. Having lots of cash is essential, and heading for a campground that doesn’t require identification can work, for a time.
Leaving maps behind with certain pages torn out — something Mr. Schrenker reportedly did — certainly doesn’t help.
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TV bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman owes more than $2 million in unpaid taxes, Pacific Business News reported.
The Internal Revenue Service has filed tax liens that were recorded with the state Bureau of Conveyances on Jan. 27, alleging Chapman owed the IRS the unpaid taxes dating back to 2002, according to PBN.
Chapman owes $106,553 on 2002 income, $99,235 for 2003, $283,514 for 2004 and $1.56 million in 2005, according to PBN. Dennis Duban, identified as Chapman’s Los Angeles-based accountant, told the Honolulu business publication that Chapman says most of the taxes have been paid.
Duban told PBN that Chapman owes taxes for 2006 and 2007, but has paid taxes owed from 2002 to 2005. Duban told PBN that there often is a lag between the time the IRS receives the payment and when the liens are released.
Mona Wood, a spokeswoman for Chapman, would not comment when contacted by The Advertiser.
In the past, the IRS filed liens against Chapman for unpaid income in 1993 and 1994, according to PBN.
Chapman trial focuses on his behavior in car
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 27, 2009
Reality television show star Timothy Chapman will demonstrate how he wiped spilled orange juice off his groin area while seated in his pickup truck last year near Ala Moana Center, defense attorney Brook Hart said.
Chapman, a cast member of the cable television show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is on trial in state court on charges of indecent exposure and terroristic threatening for allegedly masturbating in a bank parking lot and driving his truck toward a security guard before fleeing. He is not related to the show’s main star, Duane “Dog” Chapman.
A side kick of bounty hunter Duane Dog Chapman was charged with indecent exposure and terroristic threatening.
In court yesterday, witness Kimberly Lum testified that when she walked past the front of Timothy Chapman’s truck, she saw a male masturbating in the front seat. She said she did not see his face, but she described his actions graphically in court.
Ala Moana security officer Jason Wessel testified that when he arrived at the parking lot in response to Lum’s report of a male fondling himself, Chapman was moving from the front seat of the truck to the back seat.
According to Hart, Chapman was on his way to Ala Moana Center Jan. 3, 2008, when he spilled some orange juice on himself, primarily on the crotch of his pants.
He said Chapman turned into the Bank of Hawaii Ala Moana branch parking lot to wipe himself off and change trousers in the back seat of his pickup.
Because there was a child seat on one side and a container of clothing on the other, Hart said Chapman had to sit on the back seat’s center console to wipe himself off. He had to change trousers twice, Hart said, because the first pair was too big and he could not find a belt.
When he changed a second time, Hart said, Chapman realized he did not wipe himself off completely the first time so did so again.
Hart attempted to discredit Lum’s testimony by asking her a number of blunt questions about masturbation, including one that was thrown out by Judge Richard Perkins.
Hart said he will present testimony from an expert who examined Chapman’s trousers and confirmed the presence of orange juice.
He said he will also present testimony from a traffic reconstruction expert to confirm Chapman’s claim that he was not trying to run over Wessel. Hart said Chapman turned his front wheels in Wessel’s direction to avoid hitting a newspaper vending machine and a pillar before jumping a curb and driving onto a sidewalk to flee
By Jim Dooley
Advertiser Staff Writer
It’s been a roller-coaster week for bail bondsman James Lindblad.
On Tuesday, a Circuit Court judge ordered forfeiture of $100,000 bail posted by Lindblad for convicted sex offender Frank Lefrandt Jr.
The order came after Lefrandt failed to turn himself in to prison authorities last Friday. His whereabouts are unknown.
“It’s a terrible thing for his (Lefrandt’s) family,” Lindblad said. “First the criminal charges, now this. He’s married, with five children. They put up their house as collateral for the bond.”
Lindblad, owner of A-1 Bail Bonds, said he’s enlisted Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman to find Lefrandt.
“We work together sometimes,” Lindblad said. “He’s on the Mainland now, looking for Frank.”
Good news came Wednesday night on another case that has gnawed at Lindblad for more than a decade. U.S. Marshals announced they had captured fugitive Hawai’i sex offender Michael Andrew Stephens in Mexico.
Lindblad forfeited $42,000 bail posted for Stephens in 1995 when he fled the state while awaiting retrial on charges of kidnaping and sexually assaulting a teenage boy.
“I’ve written more than 20,000 bonds in my career here, and this is the only guy that ever got away,” Lindblad said. “I always knew he was in Mexico. I almost caught him there once, but he slipped away.”
Lindblad said he also partnered with Chapman in trying to track down Stephens.
“We found out in 1996 that he was traveling between Palm Springs and Mexico,” he said.
“We got an an address for him in Mexico and notified the authorities, but when they got there, he had slipped away.”
Marshals and Mexico customs officials located Stephens this month after he was profiled earlier this year on the “America’s Most Wanted” television show.
He was helping run a restaurant called Casa Bahia in Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa, Mexico.
Stephens was known in the area as “Will,” according to messages posted on a Zihuatanejo Internet message board since Stephens was arrested.
Stephens is being deported by the Mexican government to Houston, where he will be held for extradition to Hawai’i.
He was convicted here in 1990 of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy. Prosecutors sought a 20-year prison sentence in that case, calling Stephens a danger to society.
Stephens had been investigated earlier for alleged sex assaults of teenage boys, and five days before he was arrested in the 1990 case, police charged him with assaulting another teenager at the Hawai’i Kai boat ramp, according to court records.
Charges in that case were dropped after Stephens was convicted in the 1990 case.
Friends and business associates of Stephens wrote letters of recommendation on his behalf to the court in the 1990 case, and he was sentenced to five years of probation. He was re-indicted on new charges of sexually assaulting a teenage victim in 1993.
Jurors could not agree on a verdict on the assault charges, convicting Stephen only of promoting liquor to a minor.
After staging a fake disappearance at sea, Stephens fled the state while awaiting retrial on the 1993 sex assault charges.
HONOLULU — Duane “Dog” Chapman headed for California Wednesday night to find another Hawaii fugitive.
Frank LeFrandt Jr. was supposed to have started serving a 10-year prison term for raping a 13-year-old boy.
A Circuit Court judge issued a $5 million bench warrant on Tuesday after LeFrandt jumped bail. His car was found last week at the airport. This afternoon A-1 Bondsman hired Chapman to help find LeFrandt. Chapman left for Los Angeles in the evening. Chapman is known for his reality TV series on the A&E Network “Dog the Bounty Hunter.” LeFrandt was arrested in August after sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in the back of his newspaper delivery van.
Deputy Prosecutor Thalia Murphy said a deal was cut with the married father of two children to spare the victim from testifying. Prosecutors said he is traveling under a false identity. His lawyers said they do not know where he is.
Chapman broke into the national limelight when he captured Max Factor heir Andrew Luster in Mexico. Luster was wanted in connection with a series of rapes.
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