KCMO woman questions legitimacy of bail bondsmen who searched her house

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri, woman says she feels violated and afraid after two people claiming to be bail bondsmen demanded entry into her home and took a look around—and now she fears they weren't who they said they were.

"It's very unsettling," said Claudia Roeges, who has lived in her home for three years. "It's scary. It's not something I'd want to repeat, that's for sure."

It all started with a forceful knock on her door around 10 o'clock in the morning. Roeges said a man and a woman, both dressed in blue and wearing badges on their hips, walked through her backyard to her front door and identified themselves as bail bondsmen working on behalf of the FBI.

"She says, 'We have a warrant to search your house, and this is the seal, this is the signature,' and then she took it away," Rouges said. "And I started asking questions, 'Why can't I see this?' And she says, 'It's got information on it that I'm not privileged to see.'"

Roeges asked who the duo was searching for, and they told her a man named Rush.

"I'd never heard the name," Roeges said. "I don't know anybody by that name or anybody with a name similar to that."

Still, Rouges said she was raised to respect law enforcement so she let them inside her house.

"They went through every door in the house," she said.

It was only after the pair left that she started feeling uneasy and began to fear the worst.

"Now what?" she asked. "They've gone through my house, they know what I own, they know what I have of value or what I don't have of value, have I just been cased for a robbery?"

Roeges called police, but neither Raytown PD nor KCPD had record of these bail bondsmen planning to visit her address that day—something real bail bondsmen told Fox 4 said is required by law.

"The number one thing: They should've checked in with a law enforcement agency," said Steve Nalivaiko, an agent with KY Bail Bonds in Kansas City, Mo.

Nalivaiko said a legitimate agent would let the homeowner examine the paperwork. He also said the comment that the duo was working "on behalf of the FBI" raised a red flag.

"Oh that would be absolutely false," he said. "We don't work on behalf of any law enforcement agency, it's basically more we're working on behalf of the court."

Still unsure of exactly what happened, Rouges is shaken, but considers this a lesson learned as police continue to investigate.

So what if this happens to you?

Nalivaiko said if someone shows up at your house claiming to be a bail bondsman or a bounty hunter, you have a right to call 911 and ask dispatch to verify their identity.