Bounty Hunter Lures Deadbeat Dad Home After 19 Years With Fake Movie Audition Invite
Proof that not all idiots are created equal….
As they say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Now, tack on this corollary: If you’re a deadbeat parent who has skipped out on your child support payments and a random call suggests you’re in line for a role in the next Jennifer Aniston movie — well, you might want to think twice about flying home for your close-up.
That’s what Joshua Garlathy discovered when he flew in May from Hawaii to Pennsylvania, where he owed over $43,000 in child support payments, according to Pennsylvania paper The Morning Call.
The 40-year-old had been absent from his child’s life for 19 years, and as his support payment debt grew, he ultimately decided to live in Hawaii, where extradition was apparently too expensive for local law enforcement. That meant his ex-girlfriend Beth Ann Holderman and bounty hunter Scott Bernstein had to come up with a ruse to get him to return.
Bernstein contacted Garlathy on Facebook, pretending to be a movie producer, according to The Daily Mail. Bernstein lied that one of his “talent scouts” discovered Garlathy playing guitar in a cafe where he worked, and wanted him to appear in a new rom-com starring Jennifer Aniston called “Banished from Brooklyn.”
The whole thing was a story Bernstein invented. But Garlathy bought it, and was handcuffed when his plane landed. He was in fact greeted by cameras at the airport, but they were for a reality show making a series on deadbeat parents.