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Notice To Preserve Evidence: EFFECTIVE Evidence Gathering

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First, I should preface this post. This blog post is in the legal category of my blog, but I am NOT an attorney. Always follow the discretion of your attorney over what I say and/or write. Your attorney will understand things about your case that nobody else will, like the nuances of your case, the general attitudes that key people in your case have, and such. So, always listen to your attorney in your case, over anyone else.

Now, on to the topic of this blog post. This blog post is about the Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter, sometimes referred to as the Litigation Hold Letter. This has to be one of the most effective tools for gathering evidence that I have ever used, but yet one of the most overlooked tools that I know of. The Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter is very powerful, if worded correctly and explained correctly to the person it is being served to.

I have served these Notice To Preserve Evidence Letters for over 10 years, and although attorney’s seem to overlook using them, or at least seem to rarely use them, we have gotten evidence that we would not have gotten without using them. In one case we got video evidence that actually exonerated a client on drug trafficking charges, and in another case we got video evidence that assisted a client in securing a settlement from city government. 

Below is a photo of an old Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter that RMRI, LLC. used to get video evidence that resulted in our client obtaining a settlement from the city of Columbia, MO.

The benefit to the Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter is that it puts a burden on the person that it is being served to, that often times influences that person to turn over the requested evidence when they are being served rather than have to try to keep up with it and risk losing it. In the case mentioned in the previous paragraph, where our client was exonerated from drug trafficking charges, RMRI, LLC. served a Notice To Preserve Evidence on a local hotel for video footage in the time frame that the arrest and search of our client occurred, and we found evidence that the items that were found in the search did not belong to our client, nor did he have any knowledge that they were there. The evidence was compelling enough that the prosecution dropped all charges against our client. The hotel did not want to have to pull the video, store it, and be responsible for it, so the management decided to allow us to pull the video and process it the same day we served the the hotel with the Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter. We actually got key video evidence in this case before the local law enforcement agency that investigated this case did. In the other aforementioned case where our client got a settlement from the city, we also got that video evidence before local law enforcement did, the Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter in that case is pictured above.

Typically, Notice To Preserve Evidence or Litigation Hold Letters are used in civil cases, however I know of no case law, court rule, or procedure which bars them from being used in a criminal case. 

The Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter should be crafted by the Private Investigator in these criminal cases, since the Private Investigator should know what specific evidence to target, approved by the attorney, and then served by the Private Investigator. Serving the Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter is no different than process service, as a matter of fact it is process service. After the Notice To Preserve Evidence is served, the signatures are taken and the time and date are filled out, a copy of it should be put in the court docket. This allows the court to see that the party that was in possession of said evidence was put on notice to preserve that evidence in a legal matter. 

The Notice To Preserve Evidence Letter has been one of the most powerful tools that I have ever used in gathering evidence in criminal and civil cases.

RMRI, LLC. hopes to see this tool more widely used by attorney’s and private investigators to gather key evidence that may exonerate their clients in criminal cases or win judgments in civil cases.

Rick Gurley of RMRI, LLC.

RMRI, LLC. People Locates!

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Today I’d like to talk a little about locating people, which is one of the things that RMRI, LLC. does really well. Rick Gurley, the owner of RMRI, LLC. has over 28 years of history at locating hard to find people. Rick Gurley honed his skip tracing skills in the Bail Bonds Industry starting in 1989 by locating fugitives that were on the run and trying to avoid criminal prosecution from crimes ranging from petty theft to murder. Rick Gurley learned how to investigate the ‘old fashioned way” back in those days, by taking trips to the courthouse to review case files, going to the libraries to look in Cole’s Directories, interviewing people face to face, and spending long hours on surveillance watching locations.

As the technology evolved Rick Gurley knew that the Internet would be the wave of the future when it came to efficiently locating people. Rick Gurley knew that the Internet would be a place that all of the resources he had to physically travel to and spend so much time looking up in books and hard copy files could be packed into. So, Rick Gurley began to learn about the Internet, computers, and how this could enhance his ability to investigate fugitives and locate them. Rick Gurley spend hours and hours a day on the Internet researching site that housed personal information. Rick Gurley also learned how the Internet worked, what the Internet Tool Suite is, and how to use it to trace information on the Internet, becoming very proficient with Internet Investigations.

As technology progressed in the early to mid 90s, Rick Gurley started noticing that the new technology on the Internet was customized databases that were being privately developed for profit. customized databases that could house huge amounts of personal data. Rick Gurley knew that it would be imperative to learn about these new databases, how they worked, where the information in them came from, and how it could be updated. Rick Gurley gained access these databases, and started experimenting with the databases. Rick Gurley became very knowledgeable on where the information came from in these databases, which databases were the most up-to-date, and which databases kept their information the freshest. Later Rick Gurley would go on to consult to the private sector and to the government a little on how these databases could be used to locate and background people.

Now, Rick Gurley has the history behind him to feel confident in his abilities to locate even the hardest to find of people. Rick Gurley has amassed the tools and technology to be able to locate a person very quickly and without having to spend much in expenses, therefore economically to his clients. You know those people that are “shadows”? hard to find? Hard to know anything about? Well, that is what RMRI, LLC. does, we cast light on those shadows. We can find out where they live, what their phone number is, what their email address is, and who they are.  RMRI, LLC. can do this very affordably, in most cases under $1,00.00., and in a lot of cases under $500.00.

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When you need to know. When you have only a “shadow”, and you need to know more. Call RMRI, LLC. and let us bring those shadows out into the light for you. We can find that long lost relative, that Military buddy, that old college friend, that witness you may need on a court case, or that person that owes you money. This is what RMRI, LLC. has been doing for over 28 years! Call RMRI, LLC. today: (573) 234-4871

 

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Bail Bondsman Jason Sutton: A Public Service Post

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I have tried to stay away from “flame wars” on the Internet. I have also tried to work more towards marketing my company than having petty disputes with people on the Internet. But, sometimes one has to come to understand that some things are unavoidable, and one has to ask the question, can any good come out of doing this? The question becomes, will what I am about to do have any benefit to anyone? In this particular case, I do believe the public needs to know about a man that has abused his professional license, and by doing so has abused the very people in his own community.

JASON SUTTON BOONE COUNTY BAIL BONDSMAN, CRIMINAL AND THUG!

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This picture above is a picture of Jason Sutton getting in trouble, as he usually does. Mr. Sutton has a Bail Bonds License through the Missouri Department of Insurance, and is known for abusing that professional license. One man named Steven Clark has stated that Jason Sutton threatened to rape his wife, because Mr. Clark missed a court date. Jason Sutton is known for making threats, below is a sound byte of him talking to me on the phone one night:

 

Yes, that is Jason Sutton bragging about his FBI Record, and his ties to organized crime. That is Jason Sutton trying to intimidate me with his “I’M A CERTIFIED, BONIFIED KILLER” line. If this man was not a criminal that has abused his professional license and harmed other people by doing so, he’d be comical. even though he is completely pathetic.

Jason Sutton is now going to court for beating up a lady named Kate Reller, when he had to pick her up for missing court. It was terrible, I saw the video footage. You could see Jason Sutton ‘s facial expression of pure pleasure while he was beating up on this poor lady. Jason Sutton beat this lady so much that he was charged with THREE (3) counts of assault on her.

Jason Sutton also set a man’s car on fire in the middle of the night when the man was asleep. Jason Sutton is about 6’4″ maybe taller and every bit of 300 Lbs, and the man who’s car he set on fire is 5’6″ and barely 150 Lbs. I also know that Jason Sutton did this because he admitted it to me the first night I met him, when we were on civil terms. I guess he thought this was something to brag about too. These types of incidents tell us a lot about a person’s character. I don’t want you to think that I am making allegations with no proof, below are Jason Sutton’s charges for the two incidents listed above:

Jason Sutton Current Charges

Anyone can access these charges on Missouri CaseNet, they are a matter of public record.

Jason Sutton has gotten by, by intimidating people. He has spread filthy lies about me, and I have told him that if he “kept lying about me, I’d start telling the truth about him”. There is one thing about what I am saying on this blog, there is evidence that I have provided to back up what I am saying here.

I do not like having to make blog posts like this. But the public knowing about this man is the lesser of two evils between any concern for this man’s ability to profit from his professional license. He has abused his license, and abused the people in his community by doing so. The public should have very grave concerns about dealing with him, or allowing him to bond them or their loved ones out of jail.

About seven years ago, a Bail Bondsman got charged with a weapon’s offense down in Springfield, MO. and the Department of Insurance immediately suspended his license, until the final disposition of his case. I have to wonder why Jason Sutton is getting special treatment here? Below is a copy of his current bonding license information and his General Agent’s bonding license information as of 08-20-2017:

Jason Sutton General Agent

 

If you wonder about this, please feel free to contact the MO. Department of Insurance and inquire:

Main Office Contact Information

  • Phone: 573-751-4126
  • Street Address: 301 W. High St., Room 530, Jefferson City, MO 65101
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 690, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0690
  • Correspondence with fees: PO Box 4001, Jefferson City, MO 65102-4001

 

Please, just beware of this man.  There are plenty of good, professional bail bondsmen out there. You don’t have to deal with someone like this.

This is a public service blog post bought to you by RMRI, LLC.

 

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August 21, 2017 at 5:28 AM

A YEAR OF TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS

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I’ve never been much for baring my soul to people, but sometimes it’s just therapeutic! The past year has been the worst year that I have had in a long time. I’m really not complaining, because I take full responsibility for it. I also don’t feel real bad about it, because I learned some very valuable lessons that will last me for a lifetime.

First, my fiance of twelve years left me. Of course, as anyone can imagine that in and of itself was devastating. Couple that with the fact that our living expenses were based on a two-income household and you have a good reason to be depressed!

Then only three months later I had a major heart attack. I have a complete blockage of the L.A.D. Artery (Left Anterior Descending Artery), otherwise known as “The Widow Maker”. This took me out of work for three months.

Then after I got healthier, I met someone that I really liked that turned out to be a complete “child-like demon from that special part of hell where only the worst of the worst get sent”… This “lady” was nothing but a scandal laden, trouble making, thieving, lying, conniving, manipulative nightmare. She managed to damage my company by trying to blackmail some of my clients, and letting one of the subject’s of one of my investigations know all the details of his case, lied to the court system and got me put out of my own house for ten days. Simply put, she was a really bad person. Watching her go was like watching Christmas come!

Then because of how bad my finances were affected by not being able to work, and because I managed to get myself into a “don’t give a damn state of mind”, I lost my house to foreclosure.

And to top all of that off, I had a tragic even occur at my house, that had a profound mental affect on me.  Some of you may know about that, most of you may not. But I can’t even elaborate on it right now.

So, to sum up this past year, it has been utter hell! But I learned a lot. And the lessons I learned will last for the rest of my life. I associated with people that were not good people, because I was afraid of being alone. That happens when you are with someone for twelve years. I thought that even being around bad people beat being alone. What I learned was that being alone beats being around bad people. Trust me when I tell you this, choose who you let into your circle very carefully!

I learned that there are a lot of people out there that will tell you they are your friend, but very few that will actually be your friend. Usually they are telling you they are your friend when there is something for them to gain from it. Friendship is an action, not a word.  Remember that, remember that true friends will be there for you in the good times and the bad times, they’ll never leave your side. I dropped a lot of “friends” this past year, and they are people that I never want to associate with again. Once I saw them for who they are, it did not bother me at all to just completely get them out of my life.

“In the end we are all alone, and nobody is coming to save you”, it’s a line from one of my favorite television shows. But sometimes the simplest phrase can have the most profound meaning. It’s true, that when things get bad, even if you are all by yourself, you still have one person; yourself! In order to be successful, we have to take accountability for what we do, we have to make our minds up not to give up, and we have to push our self to keep moving forward.

I am getting things back in order. I have moved, and moved on! I am focusing on my company, and the friends that I have kept have turned out to be true friends. I think that the friends I have now, are really true friends, and provide a great support system because they care. We all need friends, we all need someone to talk to every once in a while, and it is good when those people are loyal, genuine friends. My company will prosper again. I am coming out on the other side of this past year a better person. And I am thankful for the opportunity to learn these lessons.

Okay, enough of this. You got a glimpse! Now it is back to business for me.

Thank you for reading, hopefully you will learn something from this post, and not have to learn anything the hard way, like I did.

 

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Ethics? It’s the Private Investigation Business!

Ethics? It’s the Private Investigation Business!

By Ricky B. Gurley and Laurien Rose

Anyone interested in learning about the ethics of the private investigation industry should read Hal Humphreys’ article, The Dishonest Investigator as “Rational Fool.” Humphreys analyzes the trustworthiness of modern private investigators, focusing specifically on the use of GPS mapping systems. Although I agree with much of what Humphreys has written and believe his intent in writing the article is honorable, I would like to mention a few differences of opinion.

“Business doesn’t always have to be a zero-sum game,” Humphreys states.

This is the private investigation business we are talking about — not just any old business like selling used cars or bail bonds. Humphreys is right: this is not a “zero-sum game.” It is not a game at all. In this business, the quality of people’s lives depends on our work. Their freedom, liberty or life itself could be on the line. I believe private investigation work is a “zero-sum business” because anything the investigator loses during a case could be someone else’s gain.

“Case in point: Occasionally, clients will ask me to slap a GPS tracker on a subject’s car. That surely makes surveillance easier, but I’m not willing to do it. Bottom line—it’s cheating,” Humphreys writes.

I have a few ethical questions regarding this statement:

  • If you enter into a contract with a client in this business, covering topics like acceptable performance standard, is it ethical to forego using a GPS when it is legal to use one because you are worried about “cheating?”
  • If you can legally use the GPS in a case but refuse to because your personal belief is that this would be “cheating,” are you serving your client’s interests or yours?
  • Are you offering your client the best service possible if you refuse to use certain tools that are legally at your disposal?

The legality of GPS usage depends on the state you legally work in and circumstance. A private citizen can place a tracking device on any vehicle under his or her own name. Not using a GPS because it is illegal is one thing, but avoiding GPS usage because it violates your idea of fair play is a whole different bowl of fruit when you are contractually obligated to your client.

My observations expose a dilemma in the private investigation business: ethics. This business involves a certain amount of deception, comparable to bluffing in poker or diverting an opponent’s attention in chess by moving a certain piece. But there is one major difference: the private investigation business is not a game. The stakes are high and an investigator that doesn’t use every tool at their disposal doesn’t normally face the consequences — their clients do.

When determining what is ethical, perhaps one should ask: what is the motivation behind my ethics?

Are your ethics easy to justify, but also self-serving? Or do your ethics protect people other than yourself?

If your ethics dictate you will not “cheat” by using a GPS or other legal-to-use technology during a client’s contract case, are you:

a) being ethical by refusing to “cheat?”

b) putting your personal interests above your client’s that you are contractually obligated to serve to the best of your ability?

When I take on a case, my first obligation is to my paying client with whom I signed a contract stating I will perform a service to the best of my ability.

I think the ethical goal should simply be this: an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. If you are not doing everything you legally can to bring favorable results to your client’s case, I don’t think you are giving your client an honest day’s work. Clients (and society) benefit from a private investigator that refuses to do anything illegal while working a case.

Ethics are a moral guideline. Good ethics will lead to honest business, protecting the business owner, clients and society from disreputable, dishonest and damaging acts. The way an investigator behaves in their business should be determined by their personal ethics.

I doubt many people in the private investigation business can even define the term ethics. Although they may throw the word around to get out of doing work or make competition look bad, they would be hard pressed to answer the question: why is it unethical for you to do this or for Investigator X to have done that?

Ethics don’t mean a thing without a clear definition and understanding of why they should be followed.

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July 7, 2014 at 12:35 PM

Skipsmasher: Revisted

If you’ll remember a while back I posted an article about Skipsmasher. This is a database that uses one of the most invasive methods of all for gathering information about a person. Skipsmasher employs a deceptive method for obtaining a consumer’s exact location with an annoying text to a person’s cell phone, at which time when the consumer receives this nagging and annoying text they are presented with an option t opt out. When the consumer opts out, their exact location is sent to the customer of Skipsmasher that pays about $3.00 for this information.

Imagine that, you are at your child’s school, now someone knows where you child goes to school at. You are at your bank, now some stranger knows where you bank at. You are at your girlfriend’s house, now some stranger knows where your girlfriend lives. As a PI, I can tell you that it is not hard to deduct what this information that the person employing this deceptive tactic means. This is really scary when you consider the implications. A Pi can charge a client $30.00 to find out where you are at, anytime of the day. That client of the PI can be a stalker, a murderer, a rapist, whoever can come up with $30.00. And if that client of the PI can come up $300.00, that client can determine your travel habits and routines. And you, the unsuspecting target; you will NEVER know just how much of your real time, personal details have just been obtained by this complete stranger.

Now, I know what you are probably asking yourself.  Why would I be urging you to call your Congressmen and State Representatives over this issue, when it can eliminate a tool that I could do my job with more proficiently? Well, because I am all for public records, and innovative ways to locate information that is already available to those that know how to obtain it. It is one thing to use public information to find out what you need to know about a person. It is another thing to trick someone out of their privacy and obtain information that really is not publicly available. If your car is in your garage, should anyone that wants be able to know that you are home, without a public sign of a vehicle? You do have a right to be secure in your home. You do have a right to privacy in your home, especially when you are making an active effort to preserve that privacy. I don’t want to see anyone’s REAL reasonable expectation of privacy violated. The problem is that most people don’t know what a reasonable expectation of privacy is, and I can tell you that your personal comfort often times does nto enter into that expectation of privacy. But sometimes, people go to far for a quick dollar, and that is what Skipsmasher has done.

Here is a link that may interest you, if you are concerned about your telephone privacy: H.R. 4709 (109th): Telephone Records and Privacy Protection Act of 2006

Of particular interest is the quote from this act below:

SEC. 3. FRAUD AND RELATED ACTIVITY IN CONNECTION WITH OBTAINING CONFIDENTIAL PHONE RECORDS INFORMATION OF A COVERED ENTITY.

(a) Offense- Chapter 47 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1038 the following:

`Sec. 1039. Fraud and related activity in connection with obtaining confidential phone records information of a covered entity

`(a) Criminal Violation- Whoever, in interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly and intentionally obtains, or attempts to obtain, confidential phone records information of a covered entity, by–

`(1) making false or fraudulent statements or representations to an employee of a covered entity;

`(2) making such false or fraudulent statements or representations to a customer of a covered entity;

`(3) providing a document to a covered entity knowing that such document is false or fraudulent; or

`(4) accessing customer accounts of a covered entity via the Internet, or by means of conduct that violates section 1030 of this title, without prior authorization from the customer to whom such confidential phone records information relates;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both.

`(b) Prohibition on Sale or Transfer of Confidential Phone Records Information-

`(1) Except as otherwise permitted by applicable law, whoever, in interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly and intentionally sells or transfers, or attempts to sell or transfer, confidential phone records information of a covered entity, without prior authorization from the customer to whom such confidential phone records information relates, or knowing or having reason to know such information was obtained fraudulently, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

`(2) For purposes of this subsection, the exceptions specified in section 222(d) of the Communications Act of 1934 shall apply for the use of confidential phone records information by any covered entity, as defined in subsection (h).

`(c) Prohibition on Purchase or Receipt of Confidential Phone Records Information-

`(1) Except as otherwise permitted by applicable law, whoever, in interstate or foreign commerce, knowingly and intentionally purchases or receives, or attempts to purchase or receive, confidential phone records information of a covered entity, without prior authorization from the customer to whom such confidential phone records information relates, or knowing or having reason to know such information was obtained fraudulently, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.

`(2) For purposes of this subsection, the exceptions specified in section 222(d) of the Communications Act of 1934 shall apply for the use of confidential phone records information by any covered entity, as defined in subsection (h).

`(d) Enhanced Penalties for Aggravated Cases- Whoever violates, or attempts to violate, subsection (a), (b), or (c) while violating another law of the United States or as part of a pattern of any illegal activity involving more than $100,000, or more than 50 customers of a covered entity, in a 12-month period shall, in addition to the penalties provided for in such subsection, be fined twice the amount provided in subsection (b)(3) or (c)(3) (as the case may be) of section 3571 of this title, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both.

`(e) Enhanced Penalties for Use of Information in Furtherance of Certain Criminal Offenses-

`(1) Whoever, violates, or attempts to violate, subsection (a), (b), or (c) knowing that such information may be used in furtherance of, or with the intent to commit, an offense described in section 2261, 2261A, 2262, or any other crime of violence shall, in addition to the penalties provided for in such subsection, be fined under this title and imprisoned not more than 5 years.

`(2) Whoever, violates, or attempts to violate, subsection (a), (b), or (c) knowing that such information may be used in furtherance of, or with the intent to commit, an offense under section 111, 115, 1114, 1503, 1512, 1513, or to intimidate, threaten, harass, injure, or kill any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer shall, in addition to the penalties provided for in such subsection, be fined under this title and imprisoned not more than 5 years.

`(f) Extraterritorial Jurisdiction- There is extraterritorial jurisdiction over an offense under this section.

`(g) Nonapplicability to Law Enforcement Agencies- This section does not prohibit any lawfully authorized investigative, protective, or intelligence activity of a law enforcement agency of the United States, a State, or political subdivision of a State, or of an intelligence agency of the United States

I submit to you that every time a nagging text message is sent to your phone for the purpose of getting you to opt out, so your physical location can be sent to someone that you have not authorized to know your physical address, your bank, your child’s school, or any other private information that you would not want a complete stranger to know, that a type of misrepresentation and fraud has been committed: `(2) making such false or fraudulent statements or representations to a customer of a covered entity;

Call your State Representatives and your Congressmen, and make this known. DEMAND an investigation into this practice. And if the investigative findings are that this violates this act quoted above; demand penalties for Skipsmasher, and the owner. You true privacy is worth it, it’s not like we have a lot of it left; don’t let this company nibble away at what privacy you DO have!

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REAL INTEGRITY: The Glen James Story!

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Often times I see business’s and people proclaim and advertise to the world about how much integrity they have. I often wonder if most of these people have ever really had their integrity tested? People often ask me about other people’s integrity, and most of the reader’s here would be surprised at who I will say has integrity and who I say does not.

To me, integrity is not about being honest, honorable, ethical, and moral when it is easy to adhere to these standards and one has nothing to lose by adhering to such standards, and especially so when one has something to gain by adhering to these standards;  but instead integrity is all about adhering to high standards of honesty. honor, ethics, and morality when one has something to lose. The true test of one’s integrity is not won or lost when it is easy to have integrity, but instead when it is difficult to maintain integrity.  Of course we can all say we have integrity when we stand to gain fame and fortune by doing the right thing, that is easy. But if you really want to see who has integrity, see who does the right thing when it is difficult to do, and there is nothing to gain and something to lose by doing it.

Glen James, a humble, homeless man can teach us all something about integrity. Glen James is a true example of what integrity is. The Boston Police Department got it right for honoring a man with such true integrity in a time where integrity is little more than a buzz word to get the consumer’s attention.

THE GLEN JAMES STORY

Glen James, Humble Homeless Man Who Returned Bag Of Cash Is Honored By Boston Police

A humble homeless man who returned a backpack full of cash and traveler’s checks to police said he felt “very, very good” to do it and used a ceremony honoring him at police headquarters to thank all the people who have ever given him money on the street.

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Glen James said, “I don’t talk too much because I stutter.” But he handed out a handwritten statement in which he said, “Even if I were desperate for money, I would not have kept even a … penny of the money I found. I am extremely religious — God has always very well looked after me.”

The statement also said, “I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone — every pedestrian stranger — who has given me spare change. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!”

Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis said that James’s actions were “really a remarkable tribute to him and his honesty.”

“He’s an honest guy and realized the property belonged to someone else,” Davis said.

The middle-aged man, balding, bespectacled, and thin, appeared friendly but shy and slightly overwhelmed by the attention from the media drawn to a feel-good story.

On his way out of the building after the news conference, the police department clerks gave him an ovation.

James said he had been homeless for several years. He chuckled as he said it felt good to return the money.

James’s statement also gave mayoral candidate Charles Yancey an endorsement, saying Yancey had put “a total of seven dollars into my panhandling cup. I fully endorse Charles YANCEY for Mayor of Boston. He cares!!!” the statement said.

James found the backpack Saturday at the South Bay Center in Dorchester, a sprawling suburban-style shopping complex in Boston visible from the Southeast Expressway.

After making his discovery, James flagged down a passing Boston police officer and handed over the backpack. The backpack contained $2,400 in cash, $39,500 in traveler’s checks, passports, and various personal papers, police said.

Story by Peter Schworm. Peter Schworm can be reached at schworm@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globepete.

ORIGINAL STORY: http://bit.ly/14bHrvM

May we all take from this example, and strive to be more like Glen James….

 

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