His wildly popular “To Catch a Predator” series debuted in 2004 and featured Hansen repeatedly busting unsuspecting sexual predators with undercover sting operations.
The show made Hansen a hero to legions, but fans who contributed to his Kickstarter began calling the fund-raiser a fraud soon after it missed deadlines to deliver their swag.
Hansen was arrested in Connecticut Monday for allegedly bouncing checks to a mom and pop retailer who sold him $13,000 worth of marketing mugs, T-shirts and vinyl decals.
Beyond that, Hansen has been the subject of multiple financial claims filed in Connecticut over the last few years.
A complaint filed by American Express in 2015 said Hansen owed the company $57,931.72 for overdue charges on his card. The lawsuit remained active with no resolution as of November, according to the online case file.
Last May, credit company Ally Financial filed paperwork claiming Hansen borrowed more than $65,000 to buy a 2014 Corvette convertible and started defaulting on his monthly payment of $1,162.08 starting in November 2017.
A separate court order issued in May said Hansen’s house in Stamford was the subject of a “strict foreclosure,” not a sale, with an outstanding debt of $1,074,689.73.
Records show the home is now owned by a bank
Another marriage bites the dust — this time for To Catch A Predator host Chris Hansen. The disgraced TV star’s wife of 30 years, Mary Joan, filed for divorce from her deadbeat husband on June 5, 2018.
In the documents obtained by Radar, Mary Joan claimed: “The marriage has broken down irretrievably.” In addition to alimony, Mary Joan is also requesting “a fair division of property and debts.”
The estranged duo has been living in Connecticut with their two sons.
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