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‘To Catch a Predator’ star resolves bounced check charges

January 23, 2019 GMT

STAMFORD — “To Catch a Predator” star and longtime Shippan resident Chris Hansen appeared in court early Wednesday on charges levied earlier this month that he bounced checks to a local business.

Hansen, 59, was accused of bilking a Summer Street promotions company of $12,998 after ordering for 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals and neglecting the to pay the business.

Hansen Wednesday was represented by local attorney Philip Russell in state Superior Court in Stamford. Russell successfully argued the court nolle the felony charge of issuing a bad check for more than $2,000.

Russell said Hansen has made complete restitution, and called the problem an “oversight.”

Under a nolle, the case is automatically dismissed if no other action is taken within 13 months.

— Hansen’s granted by Judge Richard Comerford — if no other action is taken within 13 months, the case is automatically dismissed.

Hansen is also accused of walking on mounting debts in a string of local civil lawsuits brought by financial institutions.

In 2015, American Express sued Hansen for $57,900, claiming he “refused to make payment on the balance due and owing” on a Platinum card, according to a civil complaint. Hansen didn’t appear in court, and court records show no attorney listed for the media personality in this case.

Last spring, Ally Financial filed a lawsuit, claiming Hansen stopped making payments on his 2014 Corvette, records show. In Ally’s complaint, filed in June 2018, the company said he still owed thousands on the $65,000 sports car when he stopped paying in November 2017.

State Judge Edward R Karazin Jr. in June granted Ally a “replevin order,” allowing the company to repossess the Corvette.

Hansen’s million-dollar Shippan home, which he owned from 1994 until last year, is now owned by US Bank Trust, which took ownership last July.

TMZ reported last week that Hansen is also being evicted from his New York City apartment.