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Archie Ingersoll, Published December 24 2013

Self-styled bounty hunter gets time served in Fargo case

FARGO – A self-styled bounty hunter accused of breaking down the wrong door in a hunt for a fugitive this fall pleaded guilty Tuesday to three misdemeanor charges.

Rene Greeno, 27, of Summerville, S.C., originally faced a felony charge of criminal trespass, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor. Along with that count, he was sentenced on misdemeanor charges of false information and criminal mischief.

Judge Steven Marquart of Cass County District Court gave Greeno credit for spending 64 days in jail and ordered him to serve a year on unsupervised probation.

Greeno and four others were accused of kicking in a Fargo woman’s apartment door in late September while they were searching for a wanted man. Greeno and his team didn’t find the man, but their search led to a woman wanted on drug possession and weapons charges.

According to Fargo police, Greeno was operating as a bounty hunter without a license, and police had warned him that he could face charges for doing so. Court documents said Greeno and members of his team later lied to Fargo investigators about breaking into the woman’s apartment.

The members of Greeno’s team included Tanner Olson of West Fargo and three people from Moorhead: Brooke Starkweather, Jeremiah Opheim and Dustin Fredrickson. The group of so-called bounty hunters was arrested in October.

Greeno, who has a YouTube reality show called “Southern Bounty,” raised the ire of legitimate bounty hunters around the country who feared that his antics would hurt the image of the profession.

With the Cass County case resolved, Greeno now must deal with felony charges of domestic battery and theft in Tippecanoe County, Ind. He is set for an extradition hearing on those charges Thursday.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Archie Ingersoll at (701) 451-5734