It looks like the To Catch a Predator host Chris Jansen is in some hot water. On Monday, Jan. 14, the journalist, 59, was charged with bouncing checks and was later arrested for failing to pay $13,000 in marketing materials from a Connecticut vendor. The Stamford Police Department in Connecticut confirmed details to In Touch.
The MSNBC star allegedly failed to pay Peter Psichopaidas, owner of Promotional Sales Limited, $12,998.05. According to the police, Chris asked for 355 ceramic mugs, 288 T-shirts, and 650 vinyl decals to use at events. Peter said that the author received the goods in 2017, but the check that Chris used to pay him bounced.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Advocate, once Peter learned that the check didn’t go through, the TV star apologized and attempted to make a partial payment. Finally, Peter filed a complaint with the police in April 2018, when he was still owed money. The police reportedly called Chris, but he never showed up. According to the newspaper, Chris promised Peter that his wife would drop off a check, but she never appeared.
“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,” investigator Sean Coughlin said in the affidavit.
Things seemed to be resolved when Peter received a personal check from Chris for $13,200 in April, but it bounced three days later, according to the newspaper. Chris apologized via email to the business owner.
“Peter…I truly thought I had this covered,” Chris wrote, according to the affidavit. “I am scrambling to get it done. Please give me till the end of the day. I sold a boat to cover the rest of this and need to pick up the payment this afternoon.”
Unfortunately, the Crime Watch Daily star never sent another check and turned himself in to the police on Monday and was released without bond.
Chris hosted the hit show To Catch a Predator from 2004 to 2007, where ironically, he confronted criminals.