'American Police Force' in Hardin, MT?...

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  1. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
    Its a big state but people will travel for some fun don't ya know. ;):D
  2. Hardballer

    Hardballer New Member

    Nov 22, 2008
    Smack dab in da middle
    Just remember, if they bleed, they can be. . . .

    . . . . well, you know.

  3. Big ugly

    Big ugly New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    Knoxville Tennessee
    I have been waxing the old 8mm and the .338 ever since I got home. I will even bring along the foul smelling brother. He just loves a good ole huntin trip.
  4. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver Active Member

    Mar 4, 2009
    SW. Florida
    Isn't the Little Big Horn up there somewhere close-by???:eek: I wonder how these clowns will feel when a million screaming pats. come down on them???:mad:
  5. Lori Mick

    Lori Mick New Member

    Nov 7, 2008
    Stuck in Upstate NY for a while
    Alex Jones is at the facility and broadcasting from there now.
  6. Nighthawk

    Nighthawk New Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    South Central Texas

    ontana AG Launches Probe of Town's Jail Deal
    Montana AG launches investigation of jail deal with Calif. entrepreneur who has checkered past
    By MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Writer
    BILLINGS, Mont. October 1, 2009 (AP)
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    In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 picture, Michael Hilton stands outside the city offices after meeting... Expand
    In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 picture, Michael Hilton stands outside the city offices after meeting with Hardin, Mont. officials. Hilton pitched himself to the city as a military veteran turned private sector entrepreneur - a California defense contractor with extensive government contracts who promised to turn the rural city's empty jail into a cash cow. But now a much different picture of Hilton is emerging from public documents and interviews with his associates and legal adversaries. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown) Collapse

    Montana's attorney general has launched an investigation into a California company's plan to take over the city of Hardin's $27 million jail, following revelations that the company's lead figure is a convicted felon with a history of fraud.

    Michael Hilton, who formed Santa Ana, Calif.-based American Police Force in March, came to Hardin last month promising to fill the city's never-used jail and build an adjacent military and law enforcement training center.

    Hilton has a decades-long track record of fraudulent activities and spent several years in a California prison on grand theft charges. The native of Montenegro uses at least 17 aliases.

    Attorney General Steve Bullock said Thursday he is asking Hardin officials for all documents related to their dealings with Hilton and American Police Force.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Michael Hilton showed up in Hardin, Mont., last week, presenting himself as an economic savior, the man who would take over the town's $27 million jail — empty since it was built as a development project in 2007 — and provide 200 new jobs in the process.

    He wore a military-style uniform, and as a gesture to local law enforcement offered up the use of three Mercedes SUVs.

    But the man who styles himself as a military veteran turned private sector entrepreneur and a California defense contractor with extensive government contracts also has another image, and that one is provided by public documents and interviews with associates and legal adversaries.

    The record says that he is a convicted felon with at least 17 aliases, a string of legal judgments against him, two bankruptcies and a decades-long reputation for deals gone bad.

    American Police Force is the company Hilton formed in March to take over the Hardin jail.

    "Such schemes you cannot believe," said Joseph Carella, an Orange County, Calif., doctor and co-defendant with Hilton in a real estate fraud case that resulted in a civil judgment against Hilton and several others.
  7. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    I should consider a career change.:rolleyes:
  8. Marlin T

    Marlin T Well-Known Member

    Jul 8, 2005
    New Mexico
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    AG launches probe of Hardin jail company

    By JENNIFER McKEE IR State Bureau | Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009 12:00 am | (1) Comments
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    Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock launched an investigation Thursday into American Police Force, the California company founded by a Serbian immigrant with a lengthy criminal history that is seeking to run an empty, 464-bed jail in Hardin.
    Bullock sent a nine-page demand letter late Thursday afternoon to Becky Shay, the spokeswoman for APF and the company's only Montana employee.
    Shay did not immediately respond to phone calls Thursday.
    According to the document, Bullock is launching the civil investigation into APF over concerns that the company might be violating the Montana Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act.
    Among other things, Bullock demanded that the company provide proof for many statements about the company included on APF's Web site. The site says that the company frequently has contracts with the U.S. government and has operations in all 50 states.
    Research into the company has turned up no record of APF contracting with the federal government. Bullock has requested that the company provide proof of its federal contracts and operations in other states.
    Bullock also requested a copy of the contract between APF and Two Rivers Authority, the economic development arm of the city of Hardin, which built the jail two years ago.
    The contract is reportedly a 10-year, multimillion-dollar deal with APF to run the jail.
    Although Michael Hilton, the man behind APF, and local officials say the deal is as good as done, US Bank, the trustee for the bonds sold to build the jail, has never signed off on it.
    Bullock further requested that the company disclose any lawsuits filed against the company or Hilton and provide the state with any correspondence between APF and any government agency that has accused the company of being deceptive.
    Bullock also sent a letter Thursday to Gary Arneson and Al Peterson, leaders of Two Rivers Authority. Peterson could not be reached for comment Thursday.
    Both letters were sent the day after The Billings Gazette and Associated Press reported that Hilton has an extensive criminal past with $1.1 million in outstanding civil judgments against him. Hilton, who has a long list of aliases, left his native Serbia in the 1970s and has served time in U.S. prisons.
    Hilton uses the military title "captain," but said this week it does not refer to an actual military rank. Hilton has claimed he has military experience, but no record of such experi-ence has been found.
    Also on Thursday, Montana's three-man congressional delegation all said they have questions about APF, even as they support Hardin's efforts to drum up jobs for its people.
    "Like many Montanans, Max is keeping an eye on the situation in Hardin," said Ty Matsdorf, a spokesman for Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
    Aaron Murphy, a spokesman for Sen. Jon Tester, also a Democrat, said Tester has "a lot of questions" about APF. "Hardin and all of Montana need to benefit from whatever's in store for the Two Rivers jail."
    A spokesman for Rep. Denny Rehberg, a Republican, said "important questions need to be answered," and added "any deal that creates jobs and economic prosperity without putting Montanans at risk is something Denny would support in any way he can."
    Rehberg in May wrote a letter to state officials urging Montana to consider placing its own inmates at the jail if the state needed more prison cells.
  9. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Sounds like a cabinet level person in charge.
  10. ponycar17

    ponycar17 Active Member

    Feb 17, 2005
    South Carolina
    So it is a Serbian and it does seem like they're going to be toast very soon... I can't believe they made it this long. It's amazing what some scam artists can accomplish.... Just look at our (p)resident!... :eek:
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