Ex-Cops Lisa and Teresa Golt Give the Bail Bonds Business a Little Attitude and a Lot of Pink
It looks like a scene straight out of “Cops” — the makes a break for it and everyone’s in hot pursuit on foot. The chase ends just minutes later with the man pinned to the ground, but then, to anyone watching, something looks off. Pink handcuffs. Pink shoes. Pink Hummer. Pink, well, everything.

It may look odd, but it’s just the way the ladies of Lipstick Bail Bonds do business, and business is good.

Twin sisters Lisa and Teresa Golt, 42, started the bail bonds company in Los Angeles after serving 10 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. Now licensed bond agents, the ladies help pay suspects’ bail to get them out of jail for a 10 percent fee, but then keep an eye on them to make sure they make it to their next court date.

If the suspects skip out, the ladies take care of business to drag the fugitives back, pink handcuffs and all.

Lipstick Bond Girls Bring ‘Em in Smiling

Richard Young, one of the ladies’ customers, pleaded “no contest” to assaulting his girlfriend and the court found him guilty. The Golts freed Young on $50,000 bond but then he missed a court date.

They tracked Young down, but to recapture him, the Golts sent in a girl to act as a decoy, to delay him while they got in position. But Young sensed something was wrong and took off.

That’s when the Golts bolted after him, brought him down and slapped their now-famous pink cuffs on him. Even Young had to smile at that.

“[It’s] a little embarrassing, but they did a good job,” Young said. Young saw the irony in a man guilty of assaulting a woman being brought down by two women. “I guess it’s, uh, payback. Bad karma,” he said.

The pink cuffs are even a little embarrassing to the Golts, but they say it makes their targets smile because “pink is a happy color.”

From Shoes to a SWAT Truck, Everything Pink

In fact, everything they use is pink, including two dozen vehicles from the Smart Car to a SWAT truck.

So far, the twins have bailed out more than 5,000 suspects, collecting 10 percent of whatever the bail is. They keep pink lists of their clients in their — what else? — pink office.

The twins don’t have any men on their staff, other than a few who help them with the vehicles’ logistics, they said. But they wouldn’t be against it.

“If we have a guy that wants to be a Lipstick Bond girl, we’ll hire him,” Teresa Golt said. “They just don’t happen to want to wear pink — that’s a requirement — and drive a pink car and wear pink lipstick and pink shoes.”

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ABC News by John Quinones, Bill Cunningham, and Lee Ferran


 

A Westmoreland County judge must decide who should get a $250,000 forfeited bond for a suspected robber who was arrested in Florida in May after a four-year manhunt.

The high stakes turned up in the case of Ralph “Pretty Boy” Skundrich, 47, formerly of Valencia, Butler County, who fled Pennsylvania in 2005.

He cut off an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and escaped house arrest while awaiting trial in Westmoreland County for the attempted robbery of a Greensburg grocery store executive in his Indiana County home.

In April 2005, Westmoreland County Judge John Blahovec forfeited Skundrich’s $250,000 bond and ordered Liberty Bail Bonds to turn over that cash.

The money has been held in an escrow account ever since, but the bail bonds company wants the money back. Skundrich’s family home has been seized by the company as collateral for the bond.

David Cercone, attorney for Liberty Bail Bonds, said the company’s extensive investigation led to Skundrich’s arrest in May.

In court yesterday, Liberty President George Lee said his company turned over to police the fruits of an investigation that involved hundreds of interviews with Skundrich’s family and friends, as well as cell phone records.

“We tracked him to Florida, but witnesses refused to speak to us,” Lee testified.

Skundrich had become romantically involved with a Florida woman, who subsequently liquidated her children’s college fund to pay for Skundrich to flee from police, Lee testified.

It was a tactic Skundrich had frequently used to pay for his flight from prosecution, according to Lee.

“Ralph was scamming a married woman before he left to provide money to flee,” Lee said.

U.S. Marshal Robert Holtz said the information provided by Lee’s company was “helpful in finding and apprehending Skundrich.”

But state officials said Liberty’s role was minimal.

Senior Deputy Attorney General Christopher Capozzi said the primary source of information used to capture Skundrich was a tip provided by the girlfriend he fled with five years ago.

Gina Brown, a Harrison, Allegheny County woman who left a young son behind to go with Skundrich, called in a tip to the television show “America’s Most Wanted” in late April, a year after the program featured Skundrich’s disappearance.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Thomas Cessar said Brown followed up her call to the television show two weeks later by another call to Crime Stoppers.

The latter call prompted police to surround Skundrich’s home he shared with Brown and make the arrest. Skundrich had been living in Pembroke Pines, Fla., near Pompano Beach, under the alias Bernard J. Stopera III and working as a locksmith.

“This man was arrested because his girlfriend was frightened,” Capozzi said.

Blahovec is expected to rule in about a week.

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The Tribune Review by Rich Cholodofsky


 

Allen Strickland, 17, posted a $500,000 bond to get out of the Columbus County Detention Center on Tuesday, officials said.

The Tabor City teen with ties to state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, is out of jail after posting a hefty bond for the second time in less than a week.

Allen Strickland, 17, posted a $500,000 bond to get out of the Columbus County Detention Center on Tuesday, officials said.

Strickland was arrested Sunday night on charges of fleeing to elude arrest, reckless endangerment and driving without a license. He had just posted a $100,000 bond Thursday after being charged with burning his own house.

The house on March Avenue was paid for, at least in part, by Soles.

Soles, 74, is facing his own investigations by the State Bureau of Investigation. One stems from another young man’s allegation, which was later retracted, that Soles attempted to molest him years ago. The other inquiry, police say, is into Soles’ shooting of another young man who confronted him at his home in Tabor City on Aug. 23.

This time, Strickland used his own land plus cash to post bond, bail bondsman Jamil Best said.

According to Columbus County property records, the only land Strickland owns is the land at 99 March Ave. that contains the house he is accused of burning.

Strickland is now on house arrest. Best would not say how much cash Strickland used to pay the bond, but the house, tax officials said, is valued around $48,000. Bondsmen usually require about 10 percent of the bond amount, in this case $50,000.

When reached by phone Strickland said, “This ain’t got nothing to do with R.C.”

But when asked who posted his bond, he refused to comment.

He added his lawyer, whom he would not identify, advised him not to speak to the media.

Soles’ attorney, Joe Cheshire, said Soles is not representing Strickland in the arson case or the recent traffic charges.

Strickland posted a bond of about $8,000 set by a magistrate Sunday night. But during the teenager’s first court appearance on the fleeing police charges Monday morning, the state asked the judge to revoke what Strickland posted and raise the bond. The judge also ordered that his Corvette stay in storage until he can provide proof of ownership and a valid driver’s license.

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Starline News Online by Shelby Sebens


 

Hedge fund swindler Samuel Israel was ordered to serve two more years behind bars on Wednesday for a wild escapade in which he faked his own death in an attempt to avoid a 20-year prison sentence.

Israel’s vanishing act in June 2008 sparked an intense manhunt, after his abandoned car was found on a New York bridge with a suicide note scrawled in dust on the vehicle’s hood. He surrendered after less than a month on the run.

The two-year sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas in White Plains will be in addition to the two decades that Israel was ordered to serve in April 2008 for fraud. Prosecutors say Israel bilked investors at collapsed hedge fund Bayou Management LLC out of about $450 million.

Israel, 49, must serve the sentences consecutively, meaning his total prison term adds up to 22 years. He has already served about one year of his fraud sentence.

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Thomas Reuters


 

Sacramento police arrested two people in connection with the theft of Lance Armstrong’s one-of-a-kind time-trial bike.

Lee Crider, 39, is suspected of burglary. He was already in custody on a parole violation, Sacramento police said.

The specially made Trek bicycle was one of three stolen in mid-February from a Ryder truck behind a downtown Sacramento hotel while cyclists visited for the Amgen Tour of California prologue.

The truck from which the bikes were taken was parked Feb. 14 in an alley between 15th and 16th streets near L Street. Investigators said they think Crider committed the theft as a crime of opportunity.

Crider then sold one of the bikes to 34-year-old Dung Le, police said, and he eventually turned it over to police. Le was arrested on possession of stolen property.

Word of the theft spread quickly around the world, spawning Craiglist postings calling for its return and a Facebook group called “1 Million Citizens Looking for Lance Armstrong’s Stolen Bike.”

Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France winner and self-described full-time cancer fighter, had offered a reward for the bike’s return. A Sacramento bail bonds company also offered a $1,000 reward.

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KCRA 3 Sports


 

The Honolulu-based TV bounty hunter and his wife Alice E. Smith, known as Beth Chapman, owe $1.8 million to the Internal Revenue Service on 2006 and 2007 income.

Another month, another tax lien for Duane “Dog” Chapman.The Honolulu-based TV bounty hunter and his wife Alice E. Smith, known as Beth Chapman, owe $1.8 million to the Internal Revenue Service on 2006 and 2007 income, according to a federal tax lien recorded May 19 by the Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances.The liens come five months after liens totalling more than $2 million were filed in Hawaii against the Chapmans for unpaid taxes from 2002 through 2005.The Chapmans’ Los Angeles-based accountant, Dennis Duban, told PBN in February that some of the federal tax bills had already been paid and blamed a lag between the time of payment and the release of the liens.

But according to records on file with the Bureau of Conveyances, none of the liens filed in January have been released.

Duban was out of the office this week and was not available for comment.

Chapman, who owns Da Kine Bail Bonds on Queen Emma Street and lives in Hawaii Kai, stars in the A&E program “Dog the Bounty Hunter.”

In 2006, the IRS filed liens against Chapman for almost $200,000 in 2004 income but in early 2007 Duban said those tax bills had been paid. The IRS had previously filed liens against him for unpaid 1993 and 1994 income.

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Pacific Business News (Honolulu) – by Randi Petrello