Arrested Young Man In HandcuffsAt International Investigators, no two days are ever the same.

Time is of the essence in many investigations, but always in fugitive recovery cases. If their client skips bail, then the bondsman loses all of that bail money unless the fugitive can be located and returned for court.

Obviously, bail recovery agents are always anxious for our help. They come to us as their last resort, so time is always in short supply.

We use an assortment of investigative tools to fit each individual case. But for bondsmen, investigation often requires a mix of digital forensics, social media engineering, online investigation and good old-fashioned search techniques.

Here are a few of the most notorious bail skippers:

  • Christopher Skase: An Australian who was arrested in 1999 for embezzlement. Immediately after being officially charged, Skase skipped bail and disappeared to Italy.
  • Robert Vesco: In 1972, Vesco was charged with misappropriating more than $228 million. He flew off to the Bahamas, using various disguises and extradition laws to elude law enforcement. Vesco managed to remain on the run until his death in 2008.
  • Marc Rich: An oil tycoon found guilty of tax evasion, Rich disappeared to Switzerland and was mysteriously pardoned by former president Bill Clinton after Rich’s wife made a campaign contribution of $200,000 to the Clinton camp.
  • Roman Polanski: This Hollywood director was charged with the rape of a 13-year-old girl and ran away to Switzerland.
  • Marcus Schrenker: As a wealth manager, Schrenker faced a $533, 500 judgment for fraud. Like a James Bond, Schrenker left town in his private plane, faked a distress call, set the aircraft on auto pilot and parachuted from the airplane, landing in a swamp. For a few more days, he successfully eluded police by hiding in woods and traveling back roads on a motorcycle.

Obviously, these guys put lots of effort and ingenuity into avoiding capture. Our investigators are always very cautious when we work these types of cases. After all, if a person is willing to jump bail and disappear, trying to avoid a prison term, it’s best to just assume that they will stop at nothing to escape. Though International Investigators do not actually arrest those we seek, we work very closely with the fugitive recovery agent and other law enforcement agents.

-T. Wilcox, CEO, International Investigators

-B. McGinley, Director of Operations, International Investigators