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State of Colorado vs
James Joseph Rapp
and Regana Rapp
|June 24, 1999|
State of Colorado vs James Joseph Rapp and Regana Rapp
Charged with Racketeering
James Rapp pleaded guilty to one count December 6, 1999
Regana Rapp pleaded guilty to one count of the indictment on Dec. 2, 1999
James Rapp was sentenced January 20, 2000
|James Joseph Rapp 39, and Regana Rapp, 29 were private investigators who operated a Denver-based company called Touch Tone Information Acquisition Inc. located at 2323 S. Troy St. in Aurora., and were indicted by a Jefferson County, Colordo grand jury on state racketeering charges.|
The grand jury said that the Rapps previously operated a series of other companies, variously known as "Mile High Legal Services,'' "Phantom Investigations,'' "Winters Investigations,'' and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.''
The lists of clients seized shows that the Rapps had more than 1,200 clients, most of located outside of Colorado. Most are private investigators acting on behalf of news media, various tabloids, banks and insurance companies, the indictment said. One of the Rapps' most important clients, authorities allege, was a Palmdale, Calif.-based man by the name of Larry Olmstead who reported as runing "Press Pass Media,'' a private detective agency whose main clients are tabloid media organizations.
Prior to doing business as Touch Tone Information, Inc., the defendants offered similar services as Touch Tone Data Research Corporation in Missoula, Montana, and Winter Information Network, Inc., in Logan, Utah.
The Rapps allegedly furnished the tabloids with private information about the victims of the Columbine High School shooting and used subterfuge to get everything from unlisted telephone numbers to bank records in the Ramsey case, the indictment found. The Rapp's were arraigned September 9, 1999
The indictment says, the Rapps obtained hard-to-get information about the JonBenet Ramsey case, including John and Patricia Ramsey's credit card bills, the phone number of a Boulder police detective and cellular phone records of a private investigator hired by the Ramseys' lawyers to work on the case.
James Rapp received a sentence of 100 days in jail, with credit for time served, and four years probation and As a condition of his probation, James Rapp cannot work as a private investigator. Regana Rapp was given a two-year deferred sentence.
|Media Links on James Joseph and Regana Rapp|
|Date||Links to News Articles|
|04-03-1999||Information broker will fight federal allegations|
|05-00-1999||PMI Enterprises PRIVACY NEWSLETTER|
|06-24-1999||Federal Trade Commission vs James and Regana Rapp|
|06-26-1999||Detective snared for alleged methods|
|07-28-1999||The Tabloid Turncoat|
|00-00-1999||A Bad Rapp|
|03-00-2000||James Rapp Sentenced|
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