Car Insurance Row Ends In Terror Charges

By | July 24, 2009

Car Insurance Row Ends In Terror Charges

A man has been jailed on terrorism charges after a heated argument over car insurance allegedly escalated into death threats.

Charles Papenfus, from Ohio, was angered by a letter sent to his family from a firm warning that their car warranty had expired.

When the 43-year-old phoned to complain about the marketing ploy an argument ensued, leading to alleged threats to burn the company down and kill its employees.

It resulted in charges of making a terrorist threat being issued against Mr Papenfus.

He was put behind bars last month after failing to come up with the $45,000 bail (£27,000). The bond has since been reduced to $5,000.

Automated phone calls and mailshots warning of expired factory warranties on cars are common in the US, even if the recipient does not own a vehicle.

In Mr Papenfus’ case, the family did own a car.

But the Ford Taurus was purchased second-hand and never had a factory warranty.

Douglas Forsyth, Mr Papenfus’ lawyer, said both parties on the telephone insulted each other, with a telesales person calling the would-be client names after being accused of running a scam.

Nonetheless, Mr Papenfus was arrested last month and put behind bars in St Louis, home of the car warranty firm TXEN Partners, ahead of a trial.

His wife Tracie said: “He shouldn’t have mouthed off on the phone, but this is overkill.

“He’s not a criminal. They make it sound like he is a terrorist, and he’s far from it.”

via Car Insurance Row Ends In Terror Charges – Yahoo! News UK.

My vote would be that they put the scam company owners in jail and laugh out of town anyone who can’t tell a personal threat apart from a terrorist threat.

One thought on “Car Insurance Row Ends In Terror Charges

  1. Car Mad Dave

    It is crazy to think how something that seemed so innocuous escalated into something so serious. Sometimes its just not worth arguing.

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