Two former police officers illegally acting as bounty hunters are accused of kidnapping an Orange County woman to try to find her boyfriend, California officials say.
Rodger Jeffrey Corbett, 49, of Corona, and Kevin Andrew Pedersen, 34, of Fullerton, face charges including kidnapping and false imprisonment, the California Department of Insurance said in a news release.
Corbett and Peterson abducted a woman, handcuffed her and drove her around for hours while trying to find her boyfriend, who had missed several court appearances, the release said.
The two men were acting illegally as bounty hunters and “had not completed the requirements to be bail fugitive recovery persons,” authorities said.
Attorneys for Corbett and Pederson told The Orange County Register their clients were “good guys” who were trying to “do the right thing” in their attempt to capture the fugitive.
The state agency and Orange County officials opened an investigation after an anti-police video misidentifying the two as undercover officers appeared on social media, the release said.
Corbett, a former Fullerton police sergeant, left his job in 2018 after pleading guilty to filing a false police report, The Orange County Register said. Pederson was fired during his probation as an Anaheim police officer in 2018 after shooting a man to death following a chase.
The California Department of Insurance is supporting a bill to require bounty hunters to be licensed by the agency under increased oversight, the release said.