Dangers of being a Repo Man
There have been several instances in the news recently in which repossession men and women, and the repo companies that they’re affiliated with have helped to identify and bring criminal agents to justice. As much of the law in the United States is affiliated with property and it’s protection, repossession work often deals closely with legal codes and restrictions. Even though experienced repo men do their best to avoid confrontation when out on jobs, many repossession situations can still become heated and laws can get aggressed and broken.
While vehicle repossession is fully legal when carried out correctly, even the best of intentioned repo professionals can open themselves up to situations where they could be charged with violations. However, more often than is usually reported, repo agents are on the other side of potentially criminal situations, helping the police to ensure that justice is done. In West Columbia, South Carolina to repo men were working on a recovery and found a badly injured woman on the ground outside. This occurred last Wednesday, April 10th, and upon finding the victim, a woman in her early forties, the repossession agents reported to the local authorities and the county sheriff. Though on repossession company work, these repo men took the time to help. She was ambulanced to the local medical center where she was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. While this crime is still being investigated, it is clear that the attention and time of these repo men assisted the officials.
Repossession and Criminal Situations
The criminal occurrences that surround the work of repo companies happen pretty regularly. Repo and recovery media sites and publications often have entire sections just to report them. There has been another incident recently that is unusually effecting in the repo industry. In Ocala, Florida there was man using the good name of a repossession company to conduct criminal activity. This phony repo man was using the repossession company name of Kingdom Motors to “repossess” trucks and then extort money from the renters in exchange for allowing them to keep their trucks. On Monday, April 15th one of the owners of Kingdom motors reported this man, Christian Inzillo, to the police. Apparently, in several instances Inzillo extorted hundreds, even thousands of dollars from his victims, every time claiming that he was acting in the name of Kingdom Motors, but in actuality was pocketing the cash. He has been arrested and taken into police custody. He has been charged with Fraud and Grand Theft and awaits trial.
The last event involving the law and law enforcement that has been in the recent news comes from Billings, Montana, where the repossession company J&S Recovery Inc, was employed by the U.S. Marshals to handle the repossession of a vehicle that had been involved in criminal drug activity. The Marshals service frequently claims, moves and maintains property seized in criminal situations, but this car is a 2011 Aston Martin, and it was believed that a trained repossession company would be better equip to pick up, keep save and manage the sale of such high-end luxury vehicle. There are many different instances in which repossession companies come into contact with criminal activities, but the more cooperative and open the lines of communication with law officials, the more successful the outcomes of stories like these.