Rapsheetz.com –Online Mugshot Industry Rings in 2020 with Brand New Scam Site!

For Immediate Release:

From the same folks who brought y’all bailbondcity.com (as featured in the New York Times!) along with, the overwhelmingly popular site rapsheets.com. Brothers Kyle and Travis Grant are once again taking the commericial mugshot industry by storm with their latest website, rapsheetz.com

Kyle David Grant & Travis Paul Grant’s professional mugshot expertise is unmatched in the State of Florida. They once even employed the help of David Scott Gingras who has built his reputation as an attorney by representing similar controversial websites.

Here are just a few public records, that every victim of the mugshot extortion industry has a RIGHT TO KNOW:

Kyle David Grant posing for a mugshot photo op after his ex-wife tried to kick his sorry ass out of the car during a ride home from jail.

Travis Paul Grant, stays classy and shows his support/respect for LE by spitting all over the back of a police cruiser after his unsuccessful beer run. He also may have the best quote in the history of the online mugshot extortion racket (according to public record).

“I’ll have a lawyer and get out of this” -Travis Grant

Congrats, to David Scott Gingras Esq. for obviously having much better luck than Mr. Travis Grant’s previous lawyers.

Thanks for reading classactionagainstmugshotwebsites.com’s 2020 update. Please stayed tuned for more news!


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Legislation Alert: California Assembly Bill 874

The California Consumer Privacy Act (AB 375) is a trailblazing piece of legislation that was signed by former Governor Jerry Brown on June 28th, 2018. However, this bill does not go into effect until New Year’s day 2020. Meanwhile, opponents are crawling out of the woodwork to try and dilute this meaningful piece of privacy legislation before it becomes law.

Assembly Bill 874, sponsored by Representative Jacqui Irwin (D) would give free-range to creepy sites that sport zero-credibility like mylife.com to spread and exploit personal (mis)information contained within public records about every American citizen. You can keep track of AB 874 sponsor’s mylife.com “reputation score” HERE.  

Classactionagainstmugshotwebsites.com suggests citizens proactively contact & encourage California’s Governor to throw this bill off his desk with a veto just in case it makes it that far.

Thank you for your support!

P.S If you would prefer to keep your information off of mylife.com CLICK HERE.

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Happy New Year, 2018 Mugshot Publishing Award

News coverage of mugshots.com’s employees’ arrests stole all the headlines back in 2018.

However, we don’t want to let that outshine the other great things going on in the commercial mugshot publishing industry. In case you haven’t already heard, a HOT NEW trend amongst legitimate news websites is getting rid of mugshot galleries.

Classactionagainstmugshots.com would like to take a moment and congratulate the following sites as winners of the 2018 Publishing Award!





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2018 Summer Mugshot Racket Industry News Updates!

Better late than never, Florida’s long-awaited online mugshot site scam law went into effect this past July! Right on cue, websites such as mugshots.com and rapsheets.org have revised their record removal policies.
Speaking of mugshots.com, you may recognize these two gentlemen from a 2016 investigative documentary currently available streaming on Netflix titled “Mugged.”

Multiple news sources report that according to public record, both Thomas Keese and Sahar Sarid were apprehended by authorities along with a couple of their business partners for the following charges: Extortion, Identity Theft, and Money Laundering.

These criminal defendants and alleged participants are entirely innocent until proven guilty, therefore, classactionagainstmugshotwebsites.com will be sure to follow-up and keep readers informed about the criminal charges brought against these mugshot site operators. Defendants are scheduled for a court hearing Monday, August 27th, and you can follow these proceedings by just clicking this link and searching case #BA464483

In more good news for mugshot extortion victims, the State of Illinois recently enacted a new law decreasing mugshot site business opportunity by updating their Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

Thanks for supporting classactionagainstmugshotwebsites.com!

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Looking Back at Some of 2017’s Top News!

An article published this past December for Pewtrusts.org points out that despite the much appreciated efforts by legislators across the country, mugshot site owners may be just as good at maneuvering around state laws as they are at avoiding reporters and maintaining top position in google’s search results.

Photos Courtesy of the Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff’s Office

For example, Bailbondcity.com’s Kyle David Grant (pictured to your left) refused to let some pesky New York Times’ exposé yield his ambition to get paid by publishing then removing public arrest records:

“If the Grants abandoned their business tomorrow, someone else would step into the void. Again, this is a Google issue.”

Well, sure enough, after Mr. Grant’s original site’s SEO results sunk, it looks like he has demonstrated great initiative by creating a new online mugshot scam and named it Rapsheets.org. The replicating site advertises itself as “the largest and most thorough crime statistic website in the world” (I beg to differ).

Don’t forget that Florida’s first law targeting online mugshot removal scams will be going into effect this summer. If you’re mugshot is being advertised for removal by sites such as rapsheets.org then please contact the Florida Attorney General’s office and ask the State of Florida to proactively enforce compliance of its newly enacted law.

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Sunshine State Set to Become Less Shady ?

After 5 subsequent legislative sessions of introducing bills to address an ongoing mugshot extortion website problem, Florida’s government finally said “enough is enough” and SB 118 was signed by the Governor on June 16th. Here is a quick reminder on how this new law will regulate the online mugshot industry:

-Any person or entity engaged in commercial mugshot publishing may not solicit or accept a fee or other form of payment to remove the photographs.

-A person whose arrest booking photograph is published or otherwise disseminated, or his or her legal representative, may make a request, in writing, for the removal of an arrest booking photograph.

-10 after days after written request has been made, refusal to remove an arrest booking photograph constitutes an unfair or deceptive trade practice in accordance with part II of chapter 501, Florida Statutes.

Please remember SB 118 will not go effective until July 1st, 2018. In the meantime, if your photograph is on a Florida removal scam site (like mugshots.com for example) it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to file a complaint with the State’s Attorney General and mention SB 118 because her office serves as an enforcing authority for Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. Also, if you get a chance, check out right2remove.us.

Believe it or not, Sunshine State reporters have been unable to find anything nice to say about this newly enrolled piece of legislation intended to give “those who have repaid their debt to society, as well as for those who have been arrested but never convicted of a crime” a better shot at securing employment. According to an open government “score card” cooked-up by the press, lawmakers who voted favorably on SB 118 received a point reduction. So —for what it is worth— classactionagainstmugshotwebsites.com would like to thank every member of the House and Senate for their unanimous show of hands and award all of them an “A+” for taking necessary action.

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Please Ask Florida’s Governor to Sign SB 118!

The Florida media organized against Florida SB 118 shortly after its recent passage through the state’s legislature and is now urging the Governor to veto it. Newspaper editorial boards are all the sudden worried about an amendment to the bill that was added back in the beginning of April that provides automatic administrative sealing of arrest records for those found not guilty, acquitted, or who never make it to trial. Keep in mind not one lawmaker in either the house or senate voted against this bill. The press had an entire month to voice their wholehearted concerns regarding this provision but chose to wait and coordinate editorials against it at the last minute in an abrupt, last ditch effort to kill the bill.

A central argument behind not automatically expunging records is name dropping defendants of well-publicized arrests and court cases like George Zimmerman who due to failure in the judicial system were acquitted. SB 118 in no way restricts news commentary on arrests or ongoing trials (or subsequent arrests as in the case of Zimmerman.)

For those of you who aren’t acquitted murderers and likely enjoyed practical obscurity in the headlines from a past arrest, please contact Florida Governor Rick Scott and ask him to sign this common sense piece of legislation protecting the due process rights of those who are innocent until proven guilty.

The Honorable Rick Scott
Office of the Governor
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

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SB 118 and More News

SB 118 made its way through Florida Senate hearings last month. This proposed law will allow someone whose booking photo is on a site that offers payment for removal to “bring a civil action to enjoin the continued publication or dissemination of the photograph if the photograph is not removed within 10 calendar days after receipt of the written request for removal.” Furthermore the bill reads, “Refusal to remove an arrest booking photograph after written request has been made constitutes an unfair or deceptive trade practice in accordance with part II of chapter 501, Florida Statutes.”

The State of Texas filed a bill back in March looking to improve its existing law regulating mugshot sites. HB 4201 would reduce the legal mugshot removal fee from $150 to $0. As well as, prohibit a law enforcement agency from posting mugshots on a website “unless the person depicted in the photograph has been finally convicted for the offense in connection with which the photograph was taken.” The bill still allows for release of the records upon request. Refraining from publishing people’s mugshots en masse online until they are actually found guilty sounds like a good policy for all law enforcement agencies so please contact Texas lawmakers and ask that they support this legislation.

In case you’ve missed some of the recent news about mugshot sites, here are a few articles:

The Chicago Tribune reports a federal lawsuit seeking class action status out of Illinois.

The New York Times followed up on a 2013 piece, once again bringing the issue to Google’s attention. It looks like the website featured in this particular story (bailbondcity.com) is no longer ranking very high in google search results. Let’s hope the SEO downgrade is permanent. But in case it is not, please be aware the website’s “general manager” is capable of removing mugshots with a few clicks before you consider paying any of those go-between reputation companies:

Please help support the cause against the online mugshot extortion racket by asking your elected officials to pass 2017 legislation.


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2017 Legislation Update

Earlier in 2016, Ohio HB 172 (Creates fair and accurate publishing of criminal records law) unaminsouly passed through the state House then the Senate but was unable to make it to the Governor’s desk before the session ended. The bill is planned to be reintroduced to the Ohio Legislature in the 2017 regular session.

For the 5th year in a row, Florida lawmakers have drafted legislation hoping to get rid of online mugshot scams (SB 118). More on the many issues behind this bill later… But again, the Sunshine State also happens to be ground zero for the national online mugshot extortion dilemma —so please don’t hesitate to contact Florida lawmakers and ask them to support SB 118 when they convene March 7th.

North Carolina recently filed a bill (HB 18) that would exempt mugshots from public record. This isn’t the first time NC lawmakers have proposed doing so. Much like those who disagree with a recent Federal Court ruling in favor of individual privacy, seemingly concerned journalists solely want to place blame on those shady extortive mugshot websites for inspiring the government to take this kind of action. Perhaps these same reporters should give themselves and their colleagues a share of the credit for taking part in commercially over-publicizing mugshots. Numerous North Carolina media outlets like WRAL publish “mugshot galleries” for clicks under the guise of journalism.

Meanwhile in South Dakota, advocates of SB 25 are probably hoping that any negative publicity associated with the exploitive practice of for-profit mugshot publishing doesn’t blow their chances of making booking photographs part of public record. South Dakota is one of the few states where these photos are currently not made public. Expanding the online mugshot extortion industry’s clientele base is a very avoidable circumstance —so long as South Dakota legislators, as well as, the attorney general choose not to ignore the laws passed by 14 other states. SB 25 should include a provision to discourage despicable profiteers from exploiting unbridled access to these records if this bill is going to be signed into law. Today, SB 25 was advanced by the South Dakota Senate judiciary committee with a vote of 6-1. The one senator who opposed the measure said “The photos, if made public record, are available to literally anyone,”… “My concern is with the unintended consequences of what we’re doing here.”

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Bailbondcity.com: Another example of Florida’s Failure to Pass a Mugshot Site Law

Due to the insistence of media lobbying organizations, the Florida Legislature has disappointingly left mugshot site bills sitting on the table year after year. Meanwhile, people all over the USA continue to be hit up for money by profiteers hustling online mugshots within this state.

Bailbondcity.com, described in a recent press release as a “top 5 aggressive mugshot website”, is a perfect example of this problematic situation made possible by the Sunshine State.

I attempted several times to contact the owners of this up-and-coming mugshot scam in order to ask them why google’s search results lists their site falsely stating that individuals arrested years ago are “currently incarcerated” —but had no luck. While I was searching for contact info for bailbondcity.com, I found the site was previously registered by Florida residents organized as Kyle Grant 1 LLC in November 2015. During that time bailbondcity.com directly charged $74.99 for mugshot removal according to archived records of this website. The going rate for mugshot removal is currently at $399.

A recently updated business address found on bailbondcity.com points to the same individuals according to public record. I noticed this website links to another site solely sharing the same IP address also registered under Kyle Grant 1 LLC called uberideguide.com. Its worth noting that this LLC has registered several “bail bondsman” domains but no records could be found indicating that anyone within the organization is licensed to preform that service in the state of Florida.

Another website called removebailbondcity.com popped up just last month obviously looking to capitalize on business opportunities created by this hot new scam. The removal site claims:

“No. We are NOT BailBondCity.com. We are not owned by a mugshot website. We are an Independent Removal Company and we charge for Removals.  We just happen to have extremely intelligent people in our SEO marketing department that figured out that by looking like BailBondCity.com and having a name similar to BailBondCity.com we would get the most traffic. They were right!

BUYER BEWARE: Similar claims by similar websites have been proven to not be exactly true. The removal site goes on to make a plain warning for customers (as many other sites do):

“If we discover that you have filed a charge back after services rendered then we can guarantee you that your mugshot will not only get re indexed in Google but will remain their permanently.”

-Gosh, they really sound serious about making sure no one tries to screw them out of their money.

Please continue to contact state lawmakers in Florida and ask them to put an end to the unethical dealings within the online commercial mugshot industry.

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