Hilliard man who pretended to be bounty hunter, federal agent gets 15 years in prison

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A Hilliard man who pretended to be a bounty hunter and federal agent has been sentenced to prison Friday.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 27-year-old Shane Ryan Hammond was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay more than $48,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to impersonating a federal agent, kidnapping, wire fraud and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle.

Court documents say from March 2016 to May 2017, Hammond ran the “Midwest Fugitive Task Force” located in Columbus and sought out employment as a bail recovery agent for himself and employees.

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Though he wasn’t licensed as a bounty hunter, the Department of Justice says Hammond kidnapped a person for a reward on at least nine occasions. All but one of the individuals were considered “bail skips.” Hammond was reportedly hired by a bail bondsman in West Virginia to apprehend and turn in individuals to a designated jail facility for a reward.

Officials say Hammond would typically dress in an all-black tactical uniform with a ballistic vest and carry multiple handguns, throwing knives, a Taser and one or two law-enforcement-style badges with “SWAT” or “AGENT” patches.

The Department of Justice says in one occasion in May of 2017, Hammond kidnapped a person outside of the grandmother’s home in Columbus by pushing through the door with an AK-47 and Taser pulled. Other incidents happened in different parts of the state, officials say.

FBI agents in their investigation also discovered Hammond devised a scheme to defraud investors of more than $48,000. He also stole one of the investors’ vehicles and drove it to West Virginia, where he was arrested.

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