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
 
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James Felix In Custody George Zouvelos and NYPD De.
James Felix In Custody George Zouvelos and NYPD De.
May 22, 2012 - PRLog -- Brooklyn, New York (NY Breaking News) May 22, 2012- George Zouvelos, (Twitter @NYBailBoss) (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-York-BAIL-BOSS/1438...), President and principle lobbyist of the New York Professional Bondsmen & Agents, (The NYPBA), a New York State Professional Bail Bondsman and high volume New York City bail bond retailer (http://NYCBail.com) as well as Mr. Vincent Conwell of Big V’s Bail Recovery Service (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Vs-Bail-Recovery-SRVC/2...) both citizens of New York, announce today that James L. Felix  (30), of Brooklyn New York was arrested by citizens and swiftly turned over without injuries and or further incident to New York City Police Department Detectives.  James L. Felix was later arraigned in Kings County Brooklyn Criminal Court criminally New York Criminal Court on Docket # 2012KN040532 charged with New York Penal Law 190.25 Criminal Impersonation, NY PL 155.30 Grand Larceny, NY PL 170.20 Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument, NY PL 165.45 Criminal Possession of Stolen Property > 1k,  NY PL 165.40 Criminal Possession of Stolen Property >1k and NY PL 155.25 Petit Larceny.

“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,” said Vincent Conwell.

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’.  It is clear that in New York, lawfully operating New York Bail Bondsmen do not solicit inside New York State courts, if they do or encourage others to do so they simply are not operating lawfully regarding this matter.   On May 16th 2012 a victim of these types of impersonations, thefts, deceptions and dishonest practices entered into the retail bail bond offices of George Zouvelos, New York Bail Bondsman located on 75 Smith Street Downtown Brooklyn New York.  The latest victim sought assistance from Mr. Conwell and I claiming she was scammed on May 9th 2012 by another person claiming to be a bail bondsman when she handed him over $1800 in cash in order to bail her daughter out of jail.  The victim a Ms. Karen Steele a Brooklyn resident, claimed her daughter was stuck in jail for days as the imposter promised all but has done nothing.  Ms. Steel further requested that if we indeed did know or could ascertain his whereabouts, for us to attempt on her behalf to get him and possibly her money to the police,” said Zouvelos.

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; many journalists, private investigators, paralegals, contractors and others that may have ongoing alleged business with the court are allowed to apply openly and receive Secure-Pass identification. The licensed New York State bail bondsmen in a decision made by then NY Court Officer Chief Williams did outright denied Secure Pass to bail bondsmen which has compromised public safety in the New York Courts.

“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.

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