Improbable Private Prison Scam Plays Out in Hardin, Montana
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The story developed out of Hardin, Montana, which had built a prison that sat vacant for two years. Captain Michael Hilton, head of American Private Police Force (APPF), was contacted to operate the prison and fill it with prisoners. After extensive research, it was determined Hilton was a conman with a history of civil judgments and a criminal record. Furthermore, the APPF contract was also a scam.