by Structured Settlement Watchdog
Bethesda's Eugene Matusevich received a traffic ticket for which he was convicted in November 2017. The ticket was for $50, for an illegal U-turn. Matusevich felt aggrieved, so what did he do? He asked Zak N. Thompson, 26, then an employee of structured settlement factoring company Reliance Funding, for assistance. Thompson then allegedly provided Matusevich with the police officer’s cellphone number, home address, Social Security number, salary and the make and year of the car the officer owned.
Ostensibly to exact revenge over his $50 ticket, actions for which Matusevich is now facing criminal charges, Matusevich then sent the officer "a ton" of offensive text messages, signed the officer up for " 500+ software demo calls," enrolled his phone number in "100+ drug rehab places" and posted the officer's phone number "all over" Craigslist ads that featured sexual encounters with other men.
Criminal charges were filed against both Matusevich and Zak Thompson, who lost his $65,000 job at Reliance Funding as a result of his stupidity and bad judgment. Thompson's LinkedIn shows Reliance Funding as previous employment from December 2017. Thompson's case it set for trial March 15, 2018 in Rockville, MD. Thompson faces up to 2 years in jail and $1,000 in fines. ZakThompson's rap sheet has a 2012 DWI guilty verdict and a 2014 DUI guilty verdict, plus a number of traffic citations, driving using suspended licensed and possession of Fake ID, according to Maryland Judiciary Case Search.
What Is Skip Tracing?
Skip tracing is an industry term used to describe the process of locating a fugitive that can’t be found at their place of residence or usual hangouts. “Skip” refers to the person being searched for (derived from the term “to skip town”) and “tracing” meaning the act of locating the skip.
The act of skip tracing is most often used by bail bondsmen, bounty hunters, repossession agents, private investigators, debt collectors, and even journalists. Skip tracing, however, may be performed by a professional — called a skip tracer — who is an expert in this process. Source: BountyHunter.Edu
The Use of Skip Trace Tools by Structured Settlement Factoring Companies
Reliance Funding, as well as other structured settlement cash now pushers routinely use skip trace tools, like TransUnion's TLOx and Accurint to find people, during the course of business, in order to serve them with notices about pending structured settlement factoring transactions. There are strict rules on how the information can be used. Needless to say harassment is not one of them.
Matusevitch: "Yo super random bro but could you submit a research request for me by any chance? Nada to do with settlements at all just really need a phone # not sure where else to go... Very long story short had a really really nasty traffic stop with [a police officer] and court today didn't go my way bc of some bs he told the judge so I'm gonna get back at him somehow."
Thompson: "28 years old doesn't say he works for the moco police but it foes say he lives in Rockville ...."
Matusevitch: "Yeah that's it perfect...Phone #s?...or just DI and email full report if poss lol... or screen shot the good part."
Thompson: "Shoot me ur emails..."
Matusevitch: "Got it thanks again bro. Let's grab HH (happy hour) sometimes in next week or 2 and then blaze one*... Like I think you sent me clear report... does Accurint have same #?"
Thompson: "That's our new service TLO. Better than Accurint and clear apparently. So we got rid of clear and Accurint."
Matusevitch: "Lol been ripping that dude to shreds thanks again bro."
Thompson: "Bet lmk (let me know) if u want any help spamming him." Source: WJLA.com