So two bail bondsmen and two court clerks who improperly accessed court computers are being charged with obtaining property by false pretenses - which is a crime.
Any thoughts about the political consultant who got an NCDP contractor to use NCDP resources to perform a LexisNexis search on candidates in contested races for public and party office, then passed it onto another campaign?
Do you think the contractor, consultant and the campaign worker should be similarly charged? I do!
A party staffer takes e-mail addresses that are the property of one campaign and trades them to another campaign in exchange for a job.
Do you think both the party staffer and the campaign worker (and maybe the candidate himself) should be charged? I do!
The DNC in Charlotte spends a lot of donor money buying tech gear like desktop computers, monitors, laptops, printers, smart phones, etc. - and assigns them to staffers. The staffers don't return $500K worth of gear when they are done working, and the Convention committee turns in a police report to the police in order to make an insurance claim. Surely they must have known who they assigned the gear to.
Do you think the staffers assigned the gear should be charged with a crime? What about the staffers who turned in the insurance claim who surely would have to know who the gear was assigned to?
Indictments in alleged Wake County bail bond scheme
Updated at 01:32 PM today
RALEIGH (WTVD) -- A Wake County grand jury has handed up indictments in an alleged scheme to help bail bondsmen avoid paying forfeited bonds for people who didn't show up on their court dates.
Two former court clerks and two bondsmen were indicted Tuesday.
Kenneth Vernon Golder II and James L. Perkins are charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, accessing a government computer, altering court records, and misdemeanor bond violation. Golder faces an additional charge of misdemeanor unlicensed bail bonding.
Former court clerks Kelvin Lawrence Ballentine and Latoya Tanisha Barnes are charged with obtaining property by false pretenses, accessing a government computer, and altering court records.
Investigators say the money would have gone to Wake County schools, and totaled nearly $1 million.
The SBI has been investigating the case since last August, when Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby requested agents look into it.
When someone is arrested, they often have to post a bond to get out of jail before their trial. They either have to come up with the cash themselves, or they can pay a bail bondsman a non-refundable fee to post the bond for them. If the person later doesn't show up for court, the bondsman forfeits the full amount of the bond.
But prosecutors allege in Wake County bondsmen paid bribes to avoid paying forfeited bonds. The scheme had apparently been going on for years.
While the criminal cases are being worked by the SBI and DA's office, Wake County Public Schools attorney Rod Malone told ABC11 he will be working in civil court to recover the money and fines and penalties to the tune of a total of about $1.5 million.