HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Celebrity bounty hunter Duane "Dog" Chapman's bail bonds company owes the state $35,500 for forfeited bonds, the state attorney general said.
State Attorney General Doug Chin filed petitions in court Wednesday to enforce judgments against Chapman's company, Da Kine Bail Bonds.
The forfeited bonds are from 21 separate criminal cases, Chin said.
"Bail bond companies promise to pay us when their clients skip court," Chin said, in a news release. "Simply put, if they don't pay we have to hunt down that money."
But in a statement, Chapman and his wife, Beth, dispute that they owe any money.
They also said they hadn't received the petitions because they're out of town.
"We have cooperated fully with the Attorney General's Office for the past three years regarding these alleged outstanding forfeitures, as we have apprehended almost every one of the fugitives who jumped bail on our television show, 'Dog the Bounty Hunter,' making these forfeitures null and void."
The Chapmans also said in a statement that some of the cases are more than a decade old.
They added, "We have actually worked with the state to retrieve millions of dollars in forfeitures from bail bonds companies across the state over the last 15 years without any cost to taxpayers, so it's unfortunate that we are being targeted and our names are now in the headlines associated with this petition."
Bail bonding agencies work with the courts to get defendants released from jail in exchange for money or collateral. The bail bonding agency is responsible for making sure the defendant arrives in court on the day of the trial. If the defendant doesn't appear, the court may forfeit the bond and the bail bonding agency must pay the court the entire bail amount.
Chin said other bail bond companies are also being reviewed. Seven other companies notified by the state Attorney General's office have already paid up $700,000 in forfeited bonds.
A hearing date on the petitions involving Chapman is set for Aug. 17th.