Riggie pleads no contest to impersonating peace officer
Paul David Riggie has pleaded no contest to one count of impersonating a peace officer and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition.
He is set for sentencing April 12. He could faced a maximum of four years in prison, but the plea agreement calls for one year in jail and three years of probation.
Riggie was arrested Nov. 26, 2008, after Nevada County sheriff’s deputies searched his home.
Deputies seized a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun; clothing and gear associated with law enforcement including shirts marked “Sheriff” and “Police;” and tactical vests, badges and forged documents.
Riggie, 44, told The Union in a December 2008 interview he had the gear and guns because he was working as a bail recovery agent, commonly called a bounty hunter.
But Troy Posas, a licensed bond recovery agent who works for the company that provided Riggie’s original bond, said Riggie could not have been a legitimate bail recovery or repossession agent because he is a convicted felon.
Before Jan. 1 of this year, convicted felons in California could not become licensed as bounty hunters or repossession agents. In addition, recovery agents could not wear clothing that might mislead the public into believing they are peace officers.
Riggie initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of impersonation, the ammunition charge and a fourth count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
“I don’t have a record,” Riggie insisted in the 2008 interview. “I haven’t had a record in over 20 years. I had a speeding ticket. I have never had a felony. They said I was evading police on a dirt bike in 1998, at Camp Far West.”
Riggie said he has been working in bail bond recovery and vehicle repossession for 18 years as a side job to his contracting business.
“I do the repos the other guys can’t get, in West Sacramento, the real bad ones,” Riggie said. “I’ve been shot, I’ve been stabbed repoing cars. … They get me out there when stuff happens, because the regular recovery systems can’t do this.”
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4229.
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