Police bust fake-tipster who led bounty hunters to police chief's home

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You may remember the raid on Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner's home.
 
The tipster that led bounty hunters to raid the chief's house has been identified and arrested. It turns out the tipster was a rival bounty hunter who gave the false tip on purpose.
 
Brent Farley was arrested after he and a dozen people raided Chief Yahner's home looking for a fugitive. 
 
Farley spent six days in jail and is facing two misdemeanor counts of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct.
 
He did not want to speak on camera, but he knew it was a setup.
 
He says he's been running North Star Fugitive Recovery for the past six months, and his team of bounty hunters have been very successful. He believes other Mesa-based bounty hunters wanted to take him and his new business down.
 
"A burned phone number was purchased on an app, and ultimately that number was used to send a false message to a bounty hunter, leading him to the chief's house," said Sgt. Trent Crump.
 
Phoenix Police say they've figured out who was behind the mistaken raid at the chief's house. Investigators with the department's digital forensics unit and the FBI Cyber Task Force tracked the burner phone to 28-year-old Aaron Bray, a privately contracted bounty hunter out of Mesa.
 
He's declined to talk with detectives, but police say a witness heard Bray brag about the scheme.
 
"During the conversation they had heard that a rival bounty hunter was going to do this to him to get back at him," said Crump.
 
Farley, who was arrested during the raid and spent six days in jail, says he knew he was set up. Farley says he got an anonymous text saying the fugitive he was looking for was at a certain address and would only be there for a couple hours.
 
Farley says he then assembled his team and rushed to the address, not knowing it was the Chiefs home. Now, he says he feels vindicated after Bray's arrest. Farley and Police now say the Chief was never the target.
 
"I think the Chief was used as a conduit to create the problem with Farley, I think it was an unintended consequence. He knew where he was sending him, what he thought he was going to accomplish, only he can answer that," said Crump.
 
Aaron Bray is now facing one count of computer tampering for reckless use to engage in a scheme. That's a serious charge, a class five felony.
 
Farley, who is facing the two misdemeanor charges, says he has hired an attorney and plans to file a lawsuit.
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