J. Patrick Altes has been a Florida State-licensed private investigator for over 35 years, and has been largely involved in the automobile recovery industry since 1973. He is considered one of the few International recovery specialists, and has supervised over 1,000 skiptracing and/or auto recovery accounts outside the United States, including Mexico, The Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Australia, Korea, former Czech Republic, Panama, Guam, Samoa, Scotland, the Philippines, and elsewhere.

Over the years, his clients have included virtually all of America’s largest auto-lending creditors.

As a private investigator, he works for several national and international entities, as well as having provided significant investigative and research assistance for CBS TV’s “48 Hours” and the Huffington Post.

J. Patrick Altes is the owner of Falcon International, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected private investigation and asset recovery agencies. He also works with Time Finance Adjusters, one of the three major trade associations for the repossession industry.

He has been featured on The Discovery Channel, USA Today, Fox Business News, MSNBC News, SubPrime News, Automotive News, Credit Union Magazine, TowTimes, The Daytona Beach News Journal, Collection Advisor Magazine, The American Spectator, Professional Repossessor Magazine, the Huffington Post, and many others.


World Association of Detectives
Time Finance Adjusters (Board of Directors since 1992)
Association of Christian Investigations
National Association of Fraud Investigators
United Recovery Alliance
Florida Association of Licensed Recovery Agents (former Board of Directors) now FLACARS

Author (Recovery Industry):
Professional Repossessor Magazine (articles published 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003)
TimeLine News (Publication of Time Finance Adjusters (1992-present)
TowTimes Magazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
Credit Union Magazine (2013)
Manhunt, The Book

“The Repossessors” The Discovery Channel 2003-2004
The Repossessors II” The Discovery Channel 2003-2007
“Repo Men” RTL Television, Germany, Western Europe
MSNBC News 2008
WESH-TV 2008

Speaking Engagements:
Repossession Risk Management Seminar, Dallas, Texas November 2003 (promoted by United Recovery Alliance)
Time Finance Adjusters Conference: guest speaker at annual conventions, 1997-present
Prime Safety Seminar, Dallas, Texas; March 2003 (promoted by Prime Inc. Insurance Company)
Manhunt Skiptracing Seminars
RepoExpo2013, Walt Disney World, Florida
RepoExpo2014, Walt Disney World, Florida

Consulted with U.S. State Department, Washington D.C. in 1997 to help develop strategy for recovery of impounded vehicles from Republic of Mexico.

Developed strategy for recovery, remarketing and reshipment of US-military related POV’s associated with US SOUTHCOMM, Republic of Panama, 1996-2000.

National Finance Adjusters “Member of the Year” 1997-1998

Appointed Expert Witness, Superior Court of California 2004

State License #C0000707