When Bail Feels Less Like Freedom, More Like Extortion
The New York Times calls the money bail industry the “payday lenders of the criminal justice world” and tells the story of Ronald Egana. Egana, who couldn’t afford to pay the premium on his bail, was kidnapped repeatedly by agents with Blair’s Bail Bonds, who held him for ransom - and even caused him to miss his court date - until his family agreed to make payments.
San Jose Bail Agent Arrested on Suspicion of Extortion
The owner of Santa Cruz’s “Jake’s Bail Bonds” was arrested in 2015 for attempted extortion – charging outrageous fees (like $20K for “recovery expenses”) and attempting to foreclose on the accused’s father’s home.
Prosecutor: Modesto bail bonds owner orchestrated criminal conspiracy
AJ Bail Bonds owner orchestrated a criminal conspiracy to kidnap and extort money from clients.
Bakersfield bail bondsman busted on suspicion of defrauding clients
Joaquin Cruz of Cruz Bail Bonds, who worked for Allegheny Casualty Insurance Company and International Fidelity Insurance Company, was charged with embezzlement, false imprisonment, attempted extortion, and hiring unauthorized bounty hunters following a two-year investigation by the CA Dept. of Insurance.
Bails Bondsman Abducts Customer at Gunpoint
Damion Perkins of Bail Bonds United was arrested in 2010 for kidnapping for ransom and assault with a deadly weapon. Perkins allegedly held the customer for ransom until he could obtain additional money and illegal drugs as payment for his release.