'To Catch a Predator' host Chris Hansen accused of writing bad checks

Lawrence Kim
January 18, 2019

Per The Wrap, Hansen previously offered coffee mugs and T-shirts as a way to attract investors to a 2015 Kickstarter campaign meant to revive "To Catch a Predator", which NBC canceled.

The latest person Chris Hansen has turned over to the police is, of all people, himself.

Hansen, who lives in New York City but is a former resident of the CT suburb of Stamford, bought the swag including mugs and t-shirts from a Stamford business in the summer of 2017, Stamford Police property crimes Sgt. Sean Scanlan tells CBS News. The vendor made a formal complaint to police in April of previous year after the bill was still left unpaid.

The charges came after Hansen was warned he could be arrested for larceny, according to investigator Sean Coughlin.

Chris Hansen, 59, of Shippan, was charged Monday with issuing a bad check to a Stamford business for several thousand dollars in marketing merchandise.

Psichopaidas gave Hansen plenty of time to pay his debt, and various opportunities, but every time the former show host would hand him a cheque, it would bounce.

Hansen emailed Peter Psichopaidas, who is the owner of Promotional Sales Limited, the store where he bought the mugs, shirts and decals, as soon as he found out the check bounced, saying: "Peter".

"Peter. I truly thought I had this covered", Hansen is said to have written.

When Psichopaidas finally received the $13,200 check to cover the items in 2018, the check bounced, according to an arrest affidavit.

"I am scrambling to get it done", Hansen wrote in an email, according to the Advocate.

But Hansen reportedly never did write that check, and police said he wouldn't speak to officers before an arrest warrant was issued. "I sold a boat to cover the rest of this and need to pick up the payment this afternoon".

Dateline NBC's hidden-camera show "To Catch a Predator" - in which Hansen lured potential internet sex predators and confronted them - was canceled in 2008.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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