Impersonator NY Bondsman Caught On Camera, Later Apprehended By NY Daring Duo in Citizens Arrest
Sought Imposter NY Bondsman Confesses-Later Arraigned in Brooklyn Criminal Court Charged with Felonies & Misdemeanors. Man Matching the Description of Thefts, Criminal Impersonations Captured by NY Good Samaritans George Zouvelos & Vincent Conwell.
By: @NYBAILBOSS, George Zouvelos, NYPBA, Bail Bondsman
“My gut tells me that Mr. Felix will be indicted very shortly for the crimes alleged against him if not for new or additional charges. As James L. Felix aka Felix James matches the same description we have been getting reports from victims since 2007 up until just last week of a man who has been sought for numerous impersonations of a New York State Bail Bondsman, grand larceny, fraud and illegally soliciting to provide bail services in the courts. In addition, the sought after imposter bondsman matching Felix’s description has been allegedly illegally soliciting and offering bail bond and bail bondsman services in criminal courts in New York City, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens. Victims seeking a bondsman in the courts have claimed they have been duped over these past 5 years and fooled into thinking they are utilizing services provided by a lawfully operating New York Bail Bondsman, which James L. Felix is certainly not,” said George Zouvelos.
To the victim Ms. Steele, the man claiming to be a NY Bail Bondsman from Financial Casualty Insurance was later identified as being a male 30 years old, dark skinned, and Hispanic being James L. Felix matching previously received descriptions by victims. Although FC&S Insurance is a licensed bail bond company conducting business in New York they have no evident affiliations with Felix. The victim maintained the fraudulent FC&S indemnitor agreement paperwork signed by the imposter Felix and also a generic type of receipt listing the name of the alleged Bondsman as being a ‘Felix’ and then scribble. Further investigation revealed that the bail bond license number listed did not belong to any licensed bail bondsman in New York state.
On May 16, 2012 the police were called by Mr. Zouvelos to his retail bail bond office located at 75 Smith Street Brooklyn, New York and a criminal complaint was initially processed by the NYPD. Unbeknownst to James L. Felix, the victim secretly snapped his picture. Immediately when shown the picture Mr. Vincent Conwell and Mr. George Zouvelos were able to positively identify the man as being James Felix aka Felix James offering pictures of their own to the victim which the victim also confirmed as being the same man.
“In cooperation with the New York City Police Department Detective Bureau 84th Police precinct Squad and as citizens looking to protect the public and deter future felony acts of deception, impersonation, and theft; together with Mr. Zouvelos we were able to solicit the assistance of New Jersey citizen who knew James Felix, a Ms. Dee Curran in order to protect the public. Felix had previously claimed to Ms. Dee Curran, a New Jersey private investigator and Bail Bondswoman that he was a fully licensed, bonded and insured New York Bail Bondsman and bail enforcement agent, which he is not. James L. Felix later admitted to us what we already knew that he was never licensed to be a bail enforcement agent or as a bail bondsman anywhere in the United States. In conjunction with New York law enforcement Zouvelos, Curran and I arranged a meeting with James Felix, a ‘rouse’ to possibly offer Felix future assignment opportunities. Felix agreed to meet at a pre-negotiated location and that is when together we attempted to speak to Felix regarding the impersonation, deceptions and theft claims. Instead Felix reached under his jacket in a threatening manner to grab something when George Zouvelos and I disarmed Felix relieving him of the canister of mace he was reaching for, a pair of handcuffs and a fraudulent badge that appeared to be a doctored New York Police Department Sergeants shield. At that time to protect ourselves and others we effectuated a ‘citizen arrest’ without injuries or further incident delivering James L. Felix into the custody of the New York City Police Department Detective Bureau. At that time James L. Felix was taken into police custody, confessed and later charged with felonies and misdemeanors,”
NYPD revealed that James L. Felix had been previously arrested fifteen (15) separate occasions for crimes including criminal impersonation of a New York City Police Detective, other types of various thefts, schemes and scam’s. The NYPD Detectives issued an ‘I’ Card which is an all points bulletin to all New York City Police precincts with ‘probable cause’ to arrest James L. Felix for questioning on May 17th 2012.
“This is a sad circumstance when someone in need trusts another to at least attempt to perform a vital bail service and is instead ‘ripped-off’
Since 2007 an ongoing NYPBA investigation focused on bail bondsman imposter fraud and proper identification of same in the courts. The NYPBA found that the Office of Court Administration website states that Secure-Pass identification is reserved strictly for licensed attorneys. However;
“At that time NY Court Officer Chief Jewel Williams insisted that No ‘security need’ for the issuance of Secure Pass for bondsmen will be authorized as there is never any threat to public safety, fraud, theft or deception in New York courts either to the citizens, defendants or to court personnel. The James L. Felix matter and others like it provide justifiable proof in support of the NYPBA requests for the few professional bondsmen to get issued Secure Pass to properly identify themselves in NY courts,” said Zouvelos.