Chris Hansen

Journalist Chris Hansen has fallen on hard times after making a name for himself by exposing child predators in his hit television series "To Catch a Predator". Hansen was arrested for writing a bad check for $13,000 wort of marketing merchandise.

Hansen, 59, was charged Monday with issuing a bad check to a Stamford business. He was released after signing a written promise to appear in court.

According to an affidavit obtained by the Stamford Advocate, Hansen placed an order with a company called Promotional Sales Limited of Summer Street in 2017 for 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts and 650 vinyl decals. The total order came to $12,998.05.

In September 2017, the company accepted a check from Hansen for the goods. The check was issued by Hansen News, LLC - a company reportedly owned by Hansen.

After the check bounced, Hansen failed to keep his promises to reimburse Promotional Sales Limited for the money he owed.

The company contacted Stamford police investigator Sean Coughlin who arranged to meet with the journalist to take a statement. But Hansen was a no-show.

After a follow-up conversation with Hansen, the detective determined he was having financial difficulties.

"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," Coughlin wrote in an affidavit.

In April 2018, Promotional Sales Limited of Summer Street received another check from Hansen in the amount of $13,200, but that check bounced as well.

Hansen later emailed the company owner saying he sold a boat and he needed until the end of the day to come up with the money. But Hansen never kept his promise.

The company owner declined to accept four partial payments from Hansen.

Hansen then promised his wife would drop off a check, but she never showed either.

Hansen turned himself in to police on Monday, Jan. 14, the Stamford Advocate reports.

The large order of merchandise appeared to coincide with a Kickstarter campaign created by Hansen to fund a new television series titled "Hansen vs. Predator," a spinoff of the popular "To Catch a Predator" TV series.

Kickstarter donors were promised promotional items, including T-shirts and coffee mugs. The campaign raised nearly $90,000 from donors who left comments complaining they never received anything for their contributions.

"To Catch a Predator" ran from 2004 to 2007 when it was cancelled after a Texas prosecutor committed suicide following his arrest by police working with Hansen and a child advocacy group called Perverted Justice.

Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images

  • Seldomseen

    When you report the news and make it too.

  • Rayne

    Daaaammnnn!! Should’ve put some of that money under his mattress. I’m sorry but I have bank accounts but I also have a coffee can and mattress money. I still throw dollars and change I n the hinckley water bottle. That change can be cashed in at your bank for free. That’s if you like me and don’t have pride. Ion know what that is ???? That’s my survival story. If something ever happens with these banks, you not gonna get all my money at one time.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    He knew he didnt have that money in his account just like those men that came too the house to meet those kids?

    Does this show come on still? Will he be hosting in the future is the $13,000 question

  • Shira Harding-James

    And he always host “Crime Watch Daily”

  • Shira Harding-James

    Chile!

  • Trey

    Damn Chris

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'm the same way. I've been broke before... scared of being broke again. I'm hardcore when it comes to saving, stashing away money for a rainy day.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! You're like me. I have lived through my own personal Depression and am ensuing that it doesn't happen again. I had a good business sense, but learned even more.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Not only did it rain, but it Flooded! The challenges made me a stronger and wiser person.

  • Hill Candy

    Fact!!! I have coins in tall coke can. Matter of fact I went in it this morning. Gave café lady coins this morning. lol

  • ClaireHuxtable

    C'mon Chris. You can do better. Now go borrow that money from Aunt Mildred and pay the man before you have to do some time.

  • Shawty

    That's how he know what to do to possibly get over...lol

  • Fred G sanford

    That’s what you get for voting for trump, you not in that 1% dummy

  • Topic Influencer

    Ummm see my post on this EXACT shit downstairs. Didnt I say that reporters/media been suffering since around 2009ish? All of them. Not just print journalists. And they dont know how to DO much else. You go from making big money to writing press releases for some random ass company that sells whatchamacallits for $30k OR LESS a year. If this white ass award winning journalist out here on hard times, imagine the black, Asian, and Hispanic American ones (shouts out to NABJ, AAJA and NAHJ). Its what makes the Jemelle Hill's and Soledad O'Brien's unicorns. For every ONE of those its 100 Chris Hansen's out here unemployed and lost. No excuse tho. Just insight as to WHY. Pay that money and carry your ass to someone's school sir and find you a new career.

  • Yardgirl

    I am lucky to have never been broke but with Caribbean parents in my ear, I am a saver!! 401K, stocks & bonds etc. I do have cash stashed but it's in a fire proof safe because I am afraid of losing it to thieves or a fire. I was ready for the zombie apocalypse, little did I know it was going to be headed by an orange man posing as president!! :-))

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Thats me. When I pay for something in cash and get change back, the coins go straight into my piggy bank when I get home. Been doing that for close to a decade now.

  • Yardgirl

    Preach sis!!

  • Topic Influencer

    That damn Hazel person pissed me smooth OFF yesterday in the immediate downstairs post. Well just find another job. THIS is exactly what I MEANT when I said...well its not that easy. Exhibit above.

  • Yardgirl

    Gurrrl!! Some of those trolls are damn outta order, naw make that all of them damn loons!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Im not sure if Hazel a troll. She been on here before. She blocked NOW tho.

  • Yardgirl

    I did not recognize the name so anyone who just "pops up" stirring the pot gets the troll tag from me, lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    and will be dealt with accordingly .... I done told folks better watch ya mouf ...... let em keep it up ..... https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d80f96986b392a29eefb1da1763bc8bfdd6f486436232bdbc7ba63f635d4b63.gif

  • Rayscoty

    Thank God he wasn't buying children with these checks...

  • Yardgirl

    They gonna learn sis!! They been warned!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Get blocked quick smh I feel ya ... it's real easy now to block ..... the lack of empathy is insane and selfish as fawk ....... I will gladly remove da damn trash ...

  • Baaba Sanders

    Have a friend who does that. He has money hidden in some corners of his bedroom.

  • jwoo250

    Very well stated!!

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Keep trying tell folks .... keep fawking with folks ..... bet hazel felt that shyt last night ... bytch better hope she still has a damn job to go to ...... js shyt will and can be removed real damn quick with me ... and I mean it ...... Much love bew <3

  • jwoo250

    Lmao... You ain't lying the apocalypse is already upon us and most people aren't even aware.

  • Yardgirl

    Right back at ya!?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    "To Catch a Meth Head" or "To Catch an Opioid Addict" staring Chris Hansen.

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    $12,998.05 for some mugs, and t-shirts...Chris was like yea aight, I left my card at home ya'll accept checks? ?

  • Yardgirl

    Right in their face!! ??

  • WhoKnew

    You're right because as you've said "journalism" is all most of them know how to do so it's going to take a minute to find a new career and put time, effort and determination into training, schooling or whatever it takes to learn something new. Breaking the law, however, "ain't that something new" though.

  • Tinytoon

    Hazel was the troll stating federal employees just need to get another job, right? She have issues, that's all I got.

  • Yardgirl

    I have had a "keep the change" account with my bank for years and it is attached to my debit card. People would be surprised how I have amassed a sizeable balance just from change.

  • Topic Influencer

    Breaking law is not answer. Why I said he needs to pay up. Chris and a lot of others also have the sad hurdle of age against them too far as re-training, it takes time etc.

  • Ni Ni

    He gotta have a habit- hoes,drugs, or gambling. He also needs to let Predator go.

  • Coy little wink

    Chile....you know times is hard when pink toes are affected...

    White women in Cleveland robbing banks chile...what is next

  • Logan Roberts

    'To Catch a Scammer '

  • Dez Nuts

    Am I the only one glad it was for writing bad checks, and not being a predator?? Lol

    Yeah...okay ??????????*slow exits*

  • Yardgirl

    No you are not!! I braced myself when I heard he was arrested here in CT!!

  • Coffee1st

    ?? I don't know why this comment is so funny to me.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You just wait until the end of February when the Food stamps run out. Walmart better hire some of those TSA agents to perform security! Food and Pampers are going to go mysteriously Flying off the shelves!
    I'm buying in bulk NOW before they start rationing or only allowing a certain # of folk in the store at a time.

  • Coffee1st

    You scare me sometimes, lol.
    ???

  • Coffee1st

    You can feel the darkness.

  • tintin

    Girl me too. i was saying if this man ever is caught trying to pick up a 12 year old.. all hell gonna break loose.

  • Renee26

    IMO they should have kept the show on. Who cares that those perverts who ruin lives may commit suicide. I say good riddance!

  • HotInCleveland

    Damn so he was living paycheck to paycheck.

  • Renee26

    Poor money management, he could've used the donations to pay for the promotional items and continued to collect. SMH

  • Coffee1st

    No you're not.
    I'm so tired of hearing about these folks exploiting these babies.
    I'll take "Writing Bad Checks" for $1,000, Alex.

  • HotInCleveland

    Ahahahaha!

  • Coy little wink

    ? my work is done

  • HotInCleveland

    Lololol “gotta have a habit”

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I was thinking the same thing. If he collected $90k in donations but had trouble paying for $13k in merchandise, he's got some serious money issues. Makes me wonder if he has some kind of habit (like gambling or something) that's been draining his money.

  • therealashland

    Dang man ain’t no one safe, they getting everyone.

  • Angelique Johnson

    They really need to bring that show back. If they get upset if they were exposed that is on them because they should never put themselves in that position. A show that protects and bring our children to be aware is a good show.

    This is just my opinion.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    GIRL ME TOO. I cringed when I saw his mug shot and was so relieved it was not for being a PREDATOR.

  • Kanyade

    I love your posts. Your knowledge in this field.

  • ? ?ee?? Too Hot ? ?

    I guess the guys he caught are having the last laugh now lol. Hopefully he doesn’t get a cell with any of them. I know he’s scared shitless. When he gets to jail the predators he caught are going to be saying “I was waiting for you at the door.” ?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e971f67ed2e23a5a7b97bbf4212b979aa9f160468bdd70e71564f0655d1ca3a.gif

  • Mr. Poopybutthole

    you are so right...that was one of my favorite shows!

  • NeverSurprised

    The real question is: Why do these idiots donate money to entertainers developing tv shows, movies, etc. and get nothing in return except a mug or tee shirt? Do people not understand that investors in tv and film projects normally get a PERCENTAGE OF OWNERSHIP in exchange for their investment, rather than a damn tee shirt? People are so stupid.

  • gail jones

    Like an old man once told me... "While you tending sumbody else bidness, yo shìt gettin' raggly".

  • BingBangBoom

    I was just wondering what had happen to Crime watch daily. I loved that show.

  • gail jones

    Above his means.

  • gail jones

    I'm whitchu

  • Yardgirl

    Can you imagine if it was??!! OMG!!

  • Ghost

    Wow! He’s really aged! He was fine until he was caught creeping with his young side chick who also worked for the same station. Found out he was wining and dining her on company funds! KARMA time!

    Loved his show....

  • gail jones

    Ha

  • Dez Nuts

    ?? exactly!

  • gail jones

    Treacherous

  • ClaireHuxtable

    My old boss had to pay his mortgage on a credit card.

  • Seldomseen

    Also, he should have shopped around. That price seems a little steep for the product.

  • smartchickfl

    That's how I feel. If you are an adult and view children in that way, then maybe you shouldn't be on this planet. I'd rather them destroy themselves than the life of an innocent child.

  • Bashi22

    Chris you hand a successful show once what happened?. Maybe mismanagement of money?.Not judging because I have been down once but never again in my life or my infinite generation.

  • Topic Influencer

    He got old (59 isnt that old but in TV years...and everyone aint able to report as an elder. They only keeping a few old heads) Or NBC downsized. Or both

  • HotInCleveland

    Why? Medical bills? Divorce?

  • Rayne

    Im trying to tell ya! It’s real out here. I’ve been there where I literally was penniless. Learned my lesson that year. That’s why I’m so frugal.

  • Rayne

    So true! I’ve been penniless before. It hurted my soul. I got through it and I never asked my parents for one dime. Every time there was a family function they never knew. I kept my head up and kept myself looking like I had it.

  • Rayne

    There’s a lesson in everything!

  • Rayne

    I cash a can of coins in every other month to buy me something. I’ve changed and grown but definitely learned.

  • Yoni7

    Who is still writing checks? Furthermore, who is still accepting checks? They still make checks?

  • Bashi22

    Ok, I see he's a white man in America who already had a start on TV. Why didn't try another network or Youtube, Amazon, Nexflick? He must have gain friends in that industry that executive could him out. Well I'm just speculating still.

  • Yoni7

    You know how Amurdikkka is. Predators are starting to have rights and this show is discriminating against them. So they get rid of the whistleblower.

  • Lindac

    Sounds like homeboy is living "above" his means. Now you know he is getting that ($$$) paper. I think something is going on deeper than what is actually being reported with him.

  • Locapoca
  • Panther Charleston

    ...to catch a creditor...

  • Topic Influencer

    He can try. But they not hiring anyone. Media has cut their staffs in half if not more than that. All media. Print. TV. Radio. Why? Bc of this great grand thing we call the internet. Everyone gets their news from there. So no need for LIVE bodies.

  • Yardgirl

    ?? right!!

  • Topic Influencer

    NBC and all networks had to cut a lot of stuff. Predators not at the top of the list bc you can get that from an internet search. See where they live, work, all of it.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can log out and go home now! That did it!! i'm done! HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • T3

    ??????????

  • T3

    Ikr!!!!! That shyt was FUN-NYYYYYYYYY!!!!

  • Applebootay

    LOL

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am still laughing!!!

  • Applebootay

    Yeah, but I'm sure he already spent that...

  • Renee26

    LMAO

  • Renee26

    Amen

  • Yoni7

    But busting them out on 'reality' TV is a whole notha' bear.

  • Karen Brady

    Ahhh dang Chris!!!!!!! You could have been catching R rah Kelly if you weren't busy writing checks your behind can't cash! Do better Chris. P.S. I really loved your show. Them white men had me falling out on Friday nights. Yo azz poppin' out the kitchen pantry :-).

  • http://www.legalizemelanin.com Legalize Melanin

    Checks are used to pay large sums of money - like this one.

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    I still do sometimes. As a matter of fact, I wrote a check yesterday to the tech that came to repair my clothes dryer and my exterminator is old and isn't tech savvy so, I pay him and my landscaper every month with a check.
    ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Don't be scared chile .... I'm lovable .... but if ya lack integrity now those are the ones that should be scared ..... Coffee love ya bew <3

  • Yardgirl

    You and me both!! I have been blessed to have never borrowed a dime from anyone and even if I did not "have" no one would even know. Respect sis!!

  • Yoni7

    The last of the Mohican's. Well, you and Chris. And well, after this, it'll only be you because Chris headed to gel. LMAO

  • Yoni7

    Which I don't have. So no dog in this fight. LOL My "large sum" of money is on a credit card. LOL

  • Dowoop

    Could have just printed his face on a tshirt/mug themselves if they wanted one.

  • Dowoop

    Save the money from the trial.

  • Rayne

    Absolutely! Respect!

  • Renee26

    Right no tax payers paying for jail time or anything

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He got laid off.

  • Bashi22

    Well I guess he never move with the time.

  • Trace da Ace

    i love what you did there....

  • http://www.legalizemelanin.com Legalize Melanin

    Lmbo you and me both sis

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    Nah! They're just old as heck and they're trying to keep me locked in a timewarp with them. They don't know nothin 'bout no online banking. ?

  • SeannaPaula

    He`s setting up predictors child predictors, do you know how much of hollyweird and that entertainment industry that includes, am guessing a lot, why would they keep him around or put money in his pockets?

  • ?jessica?

    Is sad to see people fall from grace like this.

  • Carrington

    He cheated on his wife and NBC sidelined him because, I mean, how can we approve you getting child molesters off the street when you're cheating on your wife - a clear conflict. (read with as much sarcasm as intended when typed)

  • ALLMINE?

    I send fam money with personal checks.. be nice ?

  • currvalicious

    That is true. I didn't think of it. B/c if the show was cancelled in 2007, it seems he would've moved on & landed another gig within television news media. He's a pretty decent journalist. Must've ruffled some feathers behind the scenes.

  • currvalicious

    What? Damn Chris could've had his own reality show. So his reputation took a hit. You can't come across as credible when you've been exposed for your dirty deeds. Plus the prosecutor killing himself didn't help matters. Lawsuits abound.

  • pure_rachet

    i wrote a check for my car lol

  • dontgetblocked

    I have a couple of bills that I pay with checks. I also keep a couple of checks in my wallet just in case.

  • Bashi22

    lol cheated on his wife lol

  • Ms..N

    Lmao!!

  • mzwhang90210

    Aunt Mildred tho??? ?Why is "Mildred" my go-to name for middle aged yt women who annoy me? ??

  • Ghost

    Yep! Somebody set him up big time. Had pictures and everything. He disappeared suddenly...now this...smh.

  • SeannaPaula

    I wish you nothing but prosperity and good vibe for this years and the rest to come Mr. Chris Hansen. In my eyes your a true heroe preseving innocence ,countless lives has been ruin forever by childhood molestation. It seems you have fallen on hard times but good will provail over so please keep your integrity in the face of adversity, better times are on their way to you and your family

  • SeannaPaula

    I agree, should have never been cancelled because a prosecutor killed himself, it seems like a lot of hidden agenda and black listing involve to protect predictors, when you got shows like honey boo boo and even love and hip hop with more seasons

  • SeannaPaula

    Who should shut their mouf Chris Hansen ? Is there a hidden agenda in your post, what are you talking about, are you suggestlng that its ok to turn a blind eye to molestation of innocent, should people not exposie child preditors. And do you not think this man who seem to have integrity and a firm backbone, not tried different aveues 2 bring revenue for his family. Have you any idea how difficult it is to go against the status quo? Some people are oh So got damn daft, it should be a crime

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Mildred Leola Hansen. She was saving her money while Chris was spending his.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

  • Raquel

    Lol...exactly. Lol

  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins

    Good Point!!!